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It's awkward on the tongue and to the ear. It's even harder to type and read: at first. it was with the idea to include even more of the audience interaction that we built into LBD. To those of you who are Austen purists. You will recognize the characters but they will have become very. very different. an identity and a family much different from the Heywoods. As I write this. but using Austen's framework as a jumping-off point. we are just about to announce the show’s May 13th launch date. And so I was thrilled to see Katharine talking on Twitter about making a new ebook version of the original Austen text. I hope that Katharine's work becomes a useful and fun resource for those of you who want to take part in our new show. perceptive and intriguing character that could have become as iconic as Austen’s other heroines. much less read it. or by differing editions of the unfinished manuscript. The biggest change we've made is that we've replaced "Sanditon"'s protagonist Charlotte Heywood with LBD's Gigi Darcy. it should enable you to see all the places where we've drastically changed things from the original. compared to Pride and Prejudice. It’s so tempting to put that extra "I" in. I hope you will get a chance to meet Charlotte Heywood. let me offer my apologies. Gigi brings with her a backstory. Partly because very few people have ever heard of "Sanditon". every single person looks at me in confusion. We are not making a very faithful adaptation. But the challenge we face is that. there are a minuscule amount of people familiar with "Sanditon". And partly because "Sanditon" is a difficult word to say. Which requires us to take her in some different directions. But through this e-book. Many people have been confused by the different completions attempted by other authors. a lively. Me included.FOREWORD BY JAY BUSHMAN Welcome to Sanditon: When I tell people that our follow-up to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is based on Austen's "Sanditon". When we announced Welcome to Sanditon as our next project. many people think it's "Sandition". If nothing else. 4 .
Jay Bushman Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner http://welcometosanditon.com May 2nd. and we mean that literally. but it's our invitation to you to come join this community and make your own story. I hope to see you around town.The name of the series is Welcome to Sanditon. 2013 Welcome to Sanditon 5 . It's not just something that residents say to Gigi.
From a reader’s perspective. This manuscript is filled with evidence of authorial decision-making: cross-outs. Prior works like Pride and Prejudice tend to appear in a manuscript state known as a "fair copy" . fans. The Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition project site (http://www. The final date on the manuscript is March 18th. It is accepted to be the last work of fiction she attempted before her final illness (most frequently diagnosed as Addison's disease) prevented her from continuing.janeausten. it is the first and only rough draft of this text. Unlike her other manuscripts. there are no paragraph. 1817. Contemporary letters note that Austen began to feel unwell in early 1816. 1817. Given that the earliest date on the "Sanditon" manuscript (written in Austen's handwriting) is January 27th.NOTES ON THE TEXT Original Document The untitled manuscript fragment now known as "Sanditon" is housed at King's College. Chapman's 20th-century transcriptions were 6 . teachers. A fair copy is basically the work in its final form. making the document a single 120-page block of text. abbreviations of dubious intention.ac. emendations. and even babies).uk) includes a fully-digitized copy with transcription. there are innumerable printed editions of her six complete novels. as well as archival processing notes for the original document. The situation tends to be different with her juvenilia and unfinished drafts. and her health had begun to decline seriously by mid1816. and it is in a state aptly called a "working draft" or "foul papers". To the best of our knowledge. Austen would have been very conscious of mortality when she began writing her novel about health and the future. "Sanditon" was still very much a work-in-progress as of Austen's death on July 18th. and everything else you'd expect of an early draft written entirely by hand. hard-to-read sidebars. 1817. In the King’s College manuscript of "Sanditon". also written in Austen's hand. In addition. but shows very little of the author's writing process.a clean version. ready to be sent to the printer for publication.or linebreaks to speak of. we have the opposite issue.W. with minimal edits and errors. Transcriptions and Editions of the Text Because Austen's texts are in the public domain and her work remains incredibly popular. Cambridge University. it authoritatively answers the question of "What did Jane Austen intend to write?". designed for all types of readers (including students. R. written out neatly by the author or a professional scribe. scholars in a variety of disciplines.
collated against the editions consulted below. While massive electronic text initiatives like Project Gutenberg and Google Books have done exceptional work in increasing the availability and readership of obscure texts by classic authors. Specifically. including "Sanditon". The hope is to render the text as transparently as possible. The role of the "Sanditon" text. as Jay wrote. Pre-existing editions have been used to introduce paragraph breaks. rather than for the broader range of Austen readers. This is not a new transcription or a scholarly edition of the text. the footnotes of this edition occasionally "jump the gun" by introducing the names and relationships of important characters so that the reader can catch them on the first read-through. quotation marks). punctuation. Katharine K. capitalization. and consequently replicate the manuscript copy with all of the writer's syntactical idiosyncrasies (ex. Capitalization. So. Chapman's text of "Sanditon" was not published until 1925. it's an attempt to make a reader-friendly edition that fans of Austen. punctuation. Scholars looking at "Sanditon" tend to focus on the text in relation to Austen's life and writing style. 2013 7 . and to eliminate any incidental features that stand in the way of a story well told. and spelling have been modernized. and particularly The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. the sheer size of these projects means that they tend to follow two broad-brush procedures to reproduce these texts: 1. The few extant editions of "Sanditon" tend to designed for scholars. can enjoy in anticipation of the Welcome to Sanditon transmedia adventure. Liu May 1st.) Digitally scanning and saving PDFs of paper editions. is to serve merely as the starting point for that project. but Austen's long sentences have been kept to maintain the text's rhythm.) Using an OCR (online character recognition) program to "read" the physical page and translate its symbols into a text document. in addition to their normal function of clarifying unfamiliar terms. This Copy of "Sanditon" The base text of this edition of "Sanditon" is a hand-corrected version of the open source Project Gutenberg Australia copy. As "Fragment of a Novel". and only a handful of editions have followed. spelling.the first published copies of some of Austen’s less popular manuscripts. often with less-than-perfect results. and/or 2.
" Project Gutenberg Australia. "Sanditon. and "Sanditon". and Karen Wikander. Margaret Drabble. 33-36. "The Watsons". London: Penguin Books. Drabble. McMaster. Chisholm. Penguin Classics. Lorrie S. "Class. Cambridge. 6 April 2013 <http://gutenberg. Edward. Ed.edu/etcbin/toccernew2?id=AusSndt. Introduction. By Jane Austen.html>. Principal Investigator Kathryn Sutherland. "Social Background. 1975. New York: Cambridge University Press. Processing notes for "Sanditon". Juliet. "Sanditon. King's College. "Money. 2003. 2012. 7-31. Ed. "The Watsons". By Jane Austen. University of Virginia. ---. Margaret." "Sanditon". and "Sanditon". 2001. "The Watsons". 2nd ed. ---. Penguin Classics. Penguin Classics.net. ---. Drabble." "Lady Susan". 127-143. "Sanditon.WORKS CONSULTED Austen. Penguin Classics." "Lady Susan". "The Watsons". Ed. Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster. 2007.sgm&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/moden g/parsed&tag=public&part=all>. Jane. 218-222. 2012.virginia. 2003. 6 April 2013 <http://http://etext." The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen. and "Sanditon". Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts. "Sanditon. London: Penguin Books. Copeland. 1998. By Jane Austen. "A Note On The Text. General editor Colin Choat. No accession number. David Seaman. Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster. Margaret. and "Lady Susan"." "Lady Susan". Drabble. 37-39." Boston: Houghton-Mifflin.au/ebooks/fr008641. 2003. Alderman Library. Electronic Text Center. 6 April 2013 8 . "The Watsons". New York: Cambridge University Press. KS: DigiReads. Margaret. 111-126. 2003. London: Penguin Books. Ed. London: Penguin Books. "Lady Susan". Stilwell. 2012." The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen. 153-211. 2nd ed. and "Sanditon".
Russell." The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen. Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster. 87-96." The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen. 2nd ed. 'The Watsons' and 'Sanditon'.janeausten.<http://www. 9 .uk/edition/ms/SanditonHeadNote.html>. 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press. "Sociability. Gillian. Ed. 176-191.ac. "'Lady Susan'. Todd. Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2012. 2012. Janet. Ed.
expressing with a most portentous countenance that. He had grumbled and shaken his shoulders and pitied and cut his horses so sharply that he might have been open to the suspicion of overturning them on purpose (especially as the carriage was not his master's own) if the road had not indisputably become worse than before. towards which Mr. and the gentleman having scrambled out and helped out his companion. hale. gentleman-like man of middle age. 1 The accident happened just beyond the only gentleman's house near the lane .a house which their driver. which was seen romantically situated among wood on a high eminence at some little distance. I fancy. but stood. who happened to be among his haymakers at the time. "Does not that promise to be the very place?" His wife fervently hoped it was. "But never mind. putting his hand to his ankle. no wheels but cart wheels could safely proceed. Hastings and Eastbourne are boroughs in East Sussex." looking up at her with a smile." pointing to the neat-looking end of a cottage. the proprietor of the place. in the course of the extrication. they neither of them at first felt more than shaken and bruised." said he. The accident had been discerned from a hayfield adjoining the house they had passed. "it could not have happened. as soon as the premises of the said house were left behind . The very thing perhaps to be wished for. Good out of evil. is located in the county of East Sussex in the south-east corner of England. and soon becoming sensible of it. neither able to do or suggest anything. 1 10 . and receiving her first real comfort from the sight of several persons now coming to their assistance. We shall soon get relief. half rock. you know. while Tonbridge is a town in Kent. and Mrs. being induced by business to quit the high road and attempt a very rough lane. sprained his foot.Chapter 1 A GENTLEMAN AND A LADY travelling from Tonbridge towards that part of the Sussex coast which lies between Hastings and Eastbourne. unable to stand. The severity of the fall was broken by their slow pace and the narrowness of the lane. terrified and anxious. on being first required to take that direction. Parker are traveling. the county directly between of East Sussex and Greater London. There. had conceived to be necessarily their object and had with most unwilling looks been constrained to pass by. was obliged in a few moments to cut short both his remonstrances to the driver and his congratulations to his wife and himself and sit down on the bank. "There is something wrong here. half sand. But the gentleman had. lies my cure. in a better place. were overturned in toiling up its long ascent. And the persons who approached were a well-looking. my dear. beyond it. and three or four of The village of Sanditon.
One of these good people can be with him in three minutes." 2 Mr. sir. and I take you at your word. Mr. rent and inheritance rather than a profession (McMaster 114). and as the road does not seem in a favorable state for my getting up to his house myself. I am sure. I can bring proof of your having a surgeon in the parish." replied the other. But it is always best in these cases. sir! Are you expecting to find a surgeon in that cottage? We have neither surgeon nor partner in the parish. such was the name of the said proprietor. sir. and while one or two of the men lent their help to the driver in getting the carriage upright again. to have a surgeon's opinion without loss of time. I assure you. very trifling. advanced with a very civil salutation.Stay. Here." looking towards the cottage. Parker can deduce that Mr. but I dare say we shall do very well without him. Heywood. women and children. but from the extent of the parish or some other cause you may not be aware of the fact. you know. "I am sorry to have the appearance of contradicting you. if he is not in the way." taking out his pocketbook. men." "Nay sir.or rather better. we have passed none in this place which can be the abode of a gentleman. sir." "Excuse me." "Then. "I am afraid you will find no surgeon at hand here. sir. Heywood looked very much astonished. this is certainly Willingden.the ablest of them summoned to attend their master . "You are extremely obliging. The injury to my leg is. Heywood. I would rather see his partner. can I be mistaken in the place? Am I not in Willingden? Is not this Willingden?" "Yes. and ready offers of assistance." "The surgeon!" exclaimed Mr. "What. not very far off. His courtesies were received with good breeding and gratitude. "if you will do me the favor of casting your eye over these advertisements which I cut out myself from the 2 Roughly speaking. I need not ask whether I see the house. sir. I will thank you to send off one of these good people for the surgeon.to say nothing of all the rest of the field. "for excepting your own. Heywood is a gentleman based on his estate. 11 . Mr. much concern for the accident. I dare say. his partner will do just as well . whose income is derived from farming. some surprise at anybody's attempting that road in a carriage. a "gentleman" refers to the head of a land-owning country household. the traveler said. Indeed I would prefer the attendance of his partner. whether you may know it or not.
appropriately named Wealden. You will find it at full length.extensive business . "are not in the weald. You will find in it an advertisement of the dissolution of a partnership in the medical line . "Sir. designed for long-distance travel." replied the traveler pleasantly.Morning Post and the Kentish Gazette only yesterday morning in London. Imagine trying to drive off-road in a minivan and you’ll have the general idea. you know. having looked them over. and that my shepherd lives at one end and three old women at the other. Great Willingden and Willingden Abbots are fictional (Drabble." offering the two little oblong extracts. There are two Willingdens in this country.in your own parish ." said Mr. All done in a moment. I can assure you. but based on description they would probably be located in East Sussex’s largest district. added. man and boy fifty-seven years. The advertisements did not catch my eye until the last half hour of our being in town . "Notes" 218). But do not be alarmed about my leg. And we. sir. Willingden (spelled "Willingdon" today) is a village in northern Eastbourne. "It took us half an hour to climb your hill. I sought no farther. until the carriage is at the door. which is Great Willingden or Willingden Abbots." (to his wife) "I am very sorry to have brought you into this scrape. Heywood with a good-humored smile. Quite down in the weald. So satisfying myself with a brief inquiry. To be sure. All notes on carriages come primarily from Drabble. "Social Background". And your advertisements must refer to the other.undeniable character . One is never able to complete anything in the way of business. as indifferent a double tenement as any in the parish. you would not persuade me of there being a surgeon in Willingden." he added. 3 But as to that cottage. if gentlemen were to be often attempting this lane in post chaises. Your mistake is in the place. I am sure." He took the pieces of paper as he spoke. in spite of its spruce air at this distance. it might not be a bad speculation for a surgeon to get a house at the top of the hill. sir. and lies seven miles off on the other side of Battle. "I believe I can explain it.. and. I dare say it is as you say and I have made an abominably stupid blunder. and finding we were actually to pass within a mile or two of a Willingden. four-wheel carriage drawn by two or four horses.everything in the hurry and confusion which always attend a short stay there. And as soon as these good people have A post chaise is a wide.wishing to form a separate establishment. Well. My dear. "Having lived here ever since I was born. if you were to show me all the newspapers that are printed in one week throughout the kingdom. that it is in fact. At least I may venture to say that he has not much business.. I think you will be convinced that I am not speaking at random. sir. It gives me no pain while I am quiet. 3 4 12 ." 4 "Not down in the weald. I think I must have known of such a person. sir.respectable references . speaking rather proudly.
My name perhaps . But Sanditon itself . How they can half of them be filled is the wonder! Where people can be found with money and time to go to them! Bad things for a country ." A twinge or two. demi-paradise. my dear. "Every five years. Parker’s poetic raptures on Sanditon. The favorite for a young and rising bathing-place .though I am by no means the first of my family holding landed property in the parish of Sanditon . My name is Parker. and in writing them Austen draws comically on John of Gaunt’s famous paean to England in Shakespeare’s Richard II: "This other Eden. and promising to be the most chosen by man. And once at home. one hears of some new place or other starting up by the sea and growing the fashion. it is exactly a case for the sea. And I will answer for the pleasure it will give my wife and daughters to be of service to you in every way in their power. this lady./This fortress built by Nature for herself/Against infection and the hand of war.certainly the favorite spot of all that are to be found along the coast of Sussex. Heywood. you know.succeeded in setting the carriage to rights and turning the horses around. Parker of Sanditon. my dear. "Before we accept your hospitality. My sensations tell me so already. disposed the traveler to think rather more than he had done at first of the benefit of immediate assistance. entreating them not to think of proceeding until the ankle had been examined and some refreshment taken. Parker./… this little world/This precious stone set in the silver sea…/This blessed plot. We are on our road home from London." This is the first of Mr. this realm. we have our remedy at hand." replied Mr. and so home without attempting anything farther." he turned again to Mr. this earth. and in order to do away with any unfavorable impression which the sort of wild-goose chase you find me in may have given rise to. the best thing we can do will be to measure back our steps into the turnpike road and proceed to Hailsham. I have heard of Sanditon. "with all the common remedies for sprains and bruises. and very cordially pressing them to make use of his house for both purposes. the most favored by nature." In a most friendly manner Mr. Heywood." said he. in trying to move his foot. "We are always well stocked." 5 "Yes. Mrs.may be unknown at this distance from the coast. Saline air and immersion will be the very thing. Depend upon it. this England" (II.i). A little of our own bracing sea air will soon set me on my feet again. sir. and consulting his wife in the few words of "Well. Mr. 5 13 . I believe it will be better for us. allow me to tell you who we are.sure to raise the price of provisions and make the poor good for nothing . Heywood here interposed. sir. Two hours take us home from Hailsham.as I dare say you find.everybody has heard of Sanditon. my wife.
Never was there a place more palpably designed by nature for the resort of the invalid . the advantage of saving a whole mile in a long journey. fortunately. the demand for everything and the sure resort of the very best company . overgrown places like Brighton or Worthing or Eastbourne . in my opinion. And as for the soil .no mud . a bleak moor and the constant effluvia of a ridge of putrefying seaweed . It demands no more. Only conceive. The finest." cried Mr. had spoken in most intelligible characters. "I only think our coast is too full of them altogether. Sanditon is not a place-" "I do not mean to take exception to any place in particular.roads proverbially detestable water brackish beyond example. was called for.it is so cold and ungrateful that it can hardly be made to yield a cabbage. the nursery grounds. while the growth of the place. What in the name of common sense is to recommend Brinshore? A most insalubrious air . I assure you.can end in nothing but their own disappointment."Not at all. the buildings. Parker.lying as it does between a stagnant marsh. sir. steady. impossible to get a good dish of tea within three miles of the place.those regular. I assure you." answered Mr. "On that point perhaps we may not totally disagree. sir.fine hard sand .not in the smallest degree exaggerated .acknowledged to be so .no slimy rocks. a fictional place. "Quite the contrary. excessively absurd and must soon find themselves the dupes of their own fallacious calculations. Everybody's taste and everybody's finances may be suited. that this is a most faithful description of Brinshore . But had we not better try to get you-" "Our coast too full!" repeated Mr.but not to a small village like Sanditon. I may say was wanted. Our coast is abundant enough. And those good people who are trying to add to the number are. measured mile nearer than Eastbourne. not at all. 6 Depend upon it. 14 .the very spot which thousands seemed in need of! The most desirable distance from London! One complete. It may apply to your large.excellent bathing .no weeds .and if you have heard it differently spoken of-" 6 Poor Brinshore is.deep water ten yards from the shore . which I dare say you have in your eye . No sir. precluded by its size from experiencing any of the evils of civilization. sir.the attempts of two or three speculating people about Brinshore this last year to raise that paltry hamlet . sir. Nature had marked it out. A common idea. Heywood. Such a place as Sanditon. but a mistaken one. At least there are enough. sir. purest sea breeze on the coast . private families of thorough gentility and character who are a blessing everywhere excite the industry of the poor and diffuse comfort and improvement among them of every sort. But Brinshore. Parker eagerly.
being now set up. let us see how you can be best conveyed into the house. sir . and in an unaffected manner calculated to make the strangers easy. in truth. as opposed to Voltaire . were now seen issuing from the house. Parker was exceedingly anxious for relief . 7 William Cowper (1731-1800) was a popular English poet and predecessor to the Romantics who were in vogue at the time "Sanditon" was written. I never heard it spoken of in my life before. And I am sure by your lady's countenance that she is quite of my opinion and thinks it a pity to lose any more time. I fancy we may apply to Brinshore that line of the poet Cowper in his description of the religious cottager. my dear. sir. So much for the celebrity of Brinshore! This gentleman did not know there was such a place in the world. never heard of half a mile from home.and her husband by this time not much less disposed for it ." Two or three genteel-looking young women. Why. especially as the carriage.a very few civil scruples were enough." "You did not! There. As Mrs. "I began to wonder the bustle should not have reached them. A thing of this kind soon makes a stir in a lonely place like ours. was discovered to have received such injury on the fallen side as to be unfit for present use. And here come my girls to speak for themselves and their mother. 15 . "you see how it is.apply any verses you like to it." The young ladies approached and said everything that was proper to recommend their father's offers. But I want to see something applied to your leg." turning with exultation to his wife. Parker was therefore carried into the house and his carriage wheeled off to a vacant barn. Heywood. "I did not know there was such a place in the world.'She.'" 7 "With all my heart. followed by as many maid servants. Now. Mr. sir."Sir." said Mr.
35. and as every office of hospitality and friendliness was received as it ought. are Mr. that he was of a respectable family and easy. Sidney. Parker's sprain proving too serious for him to move sooner. Mr. 8 His object in quitting the high road to hunt for an advertising surgeon was also plainly stated. and raised it to something of young renown. By address we learn that Susan is the elder sister. for he was very open-hearted. a complete enthusiast. fashionable bathing place. they grew to like each other in the course of that fortnight exceedingly well. 8 16 . had been married . and she cheered and comforted with unremitting kindness. Sanditon. and Arthur.succeeding as eldest son to the property which two or three generations had been holding and accumulating before him. and planned and built. He had fallen into very good hands. in the kindest and most unpretending manner. and Mr. he readily told. and had four sweet children at home. so the text is ambiguous. and praised and puffed. as there was not more good will on one side than gratitude on the other. they had engaged in it. but whether she is the oldest sibling is unclear. He was waited on and nursed. that he had two brothers and two sisters. to both husband and wife. all single and all independent . The Heywoods were a thoroughly respectable family and every possible attention was paid. nor any deficiency of generally pleasant manners in either. he laid before them were that he was about five and thirty.very happily married . For a whole fortnight the travelers were fixed at Willingden. and where he might be himself in the dark. but some natural advantages in its position and some accidental circumstances having suggested to himself and the other principal landholder the probability of its becoming a profitable speculation. in more direct communication. Susan. his conversation was still giving information to such of the Heywoods as could observe. Diana. was the object for which he seemed to live.the eldest of the two former indeed. By such he was perceived to be an enthusiast .on the subject of Sanditon. Mr. thus oddly begun. Parker is "about 35" and Diana is "about 34". quite as well provided for as himself. by collateral inheritance. 34. All that he understood of himself. [Tom] Parker. Parker could now think of very little besides. It had not proceeded from any intention of spraining his ankle or The five adult Parker siblings. no profession . in descending order by age. The facts which.seven years. was neither short nor unimportant. 27-28. 20. Mr. perhaps Austen had yet to decide when she stopped working on the manuscript. fortune.Chapter 2 THE ACQUAINTANCE. it had been a quiet village of no pretensions. though not large. the success of Sanditon as a small. (?). A very few years ago. Parker's character and history were soon unfolded.
healthy as they all undeniably were. property and home. and generally kind-hearted. He was convinced that the advantage of a medical man at hand would very materially promote the rise and prosperity of the place. the properest wife in the world for a man of strong understanding but not of a capacity to supply the cooler reflection which her own husband sometimes needed. He wanted to secure the promise of a visit. with more imagination than judgment. [Mary] Parker. would in fact tend to bring a prodigious influx. anti-septic. The sea air and sea bathing together were nearly infallible. He was extremely desirous of drawing his good friends at Willingden thither. sweet-tempered woman. it was merely in consequence of a wish to establish some medical man at Sanditon. and his endeavors in the cause were as grateful and disinterested as they were warm. one or the other of them being a match for every disorder of the stomach. Parker was evidently an amiable family man. He held it indeed as certain that no person could be really well. Sanditon was a second wife and four children to him. it was his mine. nor (as Mr. anti-bilious and anti-rheumatic. Parker9 was as evidently a gentle. his speculation and his hobby horse. [Tom] Parker’s wife is Mrs. nothing else was wanting. hardly less dear. They were anti-spasmodic. his lottery. He could talk of it forever. foresaw that every one of them would be benefited by the sea. who were sad invalids and whom he was very anxious to get to Sanditon this summer. his hope and his futurity. children. brothers and sisters. anti-pulmonary. liberal. to get as many of the family as his own house would contain to follow him to Sanditon as soon as possible. And Mrs. which the nature of the advertisement induced him to expect to accomplish in Willingden. could hardly be expected to hazard themselves in a place where they could not have immediate medical advice. easy to please. 17 . and certainly more engrossing. It had indeed the highest claims. the lungs or the blood. Mr. his occupation. Upon the whole. not only those of birthplace. no person (however upheld for the present by fortuitous aids of exercise and spirits in a semblance of health) could be really in a state of secure and permanent health without spending at least six weeks by the sea every year. of a sanguine turn of mind. amiable. their children appear to be three boys and a girl. Nobody could catch 9 Mr. she remained equally useless. gentleman-like. Heywood had been apt to suppose) from any design of entering into partnership with him. fond of wife. also named Mary.and his own sisters.doing himself any other injury for the good of such surgeon. He had strong reason to believe that one family had been deterred last year from trying Sanditon on that account and probably very many more . and. and so entirely waiting to be guided on every occasion that whether he was risking his fortune or spraining his ankle.
But very far from wishing their children to do the same. ceased from soliciting a family visit and bounded their views to carrying back one daughter with them. softening. When Mr. If the sea breeze failed. however. could not prevail. welcomed every change from it which could give useful connections or respectable acquaintance to sons or daughters. the eldest of the daughters at home and the one who. settled. a very pleasing young woman of two and twenty.cold by the sea. nobody wanted spirits. What prudence had at first enjoined was now rendered pleasant by habit. and Mrs. Heywood never left home. It was general pleasure and consent. to bathe and be better if she could. had their family been of reasonable limits. they were glad to promote their getting out into the world as much as possible. and obliged them to be stationary and healthy at Willingden.sometimes one. Charlotte was to go: with excellent health. Their invitation was to Miss Charlotte Heywood 11. enough for them to have indulged in a new carriage and better roads. Mr. under her mother's directions. Marrying early and having a very numerous family.fortifying and bracing seemingly just as was wanted . Parker. nobody wanted appetite by the sea. His eloquence. 10 But the maintenance. Sea air was healing. and Mrs. but associated with relaxation and holistic wellness rather than the clinical treatment of specific diseases. and symptoms of the gout and a winter at Bath. the sea air alone was evidently designed by nature for the cure. sometimes the other. Excepting two journeys to London in the year to receive his dividends. to receive every possible pleasure which Tunbridge Wells (different from Tonbridge) and Bath were fashionable resort towns based around health. education and fitting out of fourteen children demanded a very quiet. enough. therefore. 10 11 18 . nobody wanted strength. In Welcome to Sanditon. Mr. their movements had long been limited to one small circle. Charlotte Heywood is the character represented by Gigi Darcy. careful course of life. while making that home extremely comfortable. Today's equivalent might be the destination spa. They had a very pretty property. who had attended them most and knew them best. They stayed at home that their children might get out. They never left home and they had gratification in saying so. Heywood's adventurings were only now and then to visit her neighbors in the old coach which had been new when they married and fresh-lined on their eldest son's coming of age ten years ago. and Mrs. had been particularly useful and obliging to them. to have allowed them a very gentlemanlike share of luxuries and change. relaxing . the sea-bath was the certain corrective. no difficulties were started. Heywood went no farther than his feet or his well-tried old horse could carry him. and. and where bathing disagreed. an occasional month at Tunbridge Wells. and they were older in habits than in age.
new gloves and new brooches for her sisters and herself at the library. All that Mr. and to buy new parasols.Sanditon could be made to supply by the gratitude of those she went with. 19 . and that nothing should ever induce him (as far as the future could be answered for) to spend even five shillings at Brinshore. Heywood himself could be persuaded to promise was that he would send everyone to Sanditon who asked his advice. Parker was anxiously wishing to support. which Mr.
Lady Denham had been a rich Miss Brereton. but she had so well nursed and pleased Mr. valuable character . she had been induced to marry again. friendly neighbor. 12 20 . Going forward.but it is not offensive . After a widowhood of some years." 12 For the title.all his estates. She had been too wary to put anything out of her own power and when. Her motives for such a match could be little understood at the distance of forty years. and all at her disposal. her own age about thirty. and was very much looked up to and had a poor cousin living with her. She had been necessarily often mentioned at Willingden . or a heavy bit of road. she returned again to her own house at Sanditon. it was to be supposed. when her love of money is carried greatly too far. a very good-natured woman . "There is at times. a man of considerable property in the country.and her faults may be entirely imputed to her want of education. but he could not succeed in the views of permanently enriching his family which were attributed to him. Parker gave Charlotte a more detailed account of her than had been called for before. Mr. née Brereton) is always referred to as "Lady Denham". who knew the value of money. a cheerful. and to give the visiting young lady a suitable knowledge of the person with whom she might now expect to be daily associating. the "poor cousin" who lives with her at Sanditon House.a very obliging.and there are moments. Her first husband had been a Mr. "a little self-importance . She has Except for this paragraph. of which a large share of the parish of Sanditon. she had married. and in their journey from Willingden to the coast. Hollis. still she had given nothing for it. Sanditon itself could not be talked of long without the introduction of Lady Denham. But she is a good-natured woman. Lady Denham (formerly Hollis. of Denham Park in the neighborhood of Sanditon. He had been an elderly man when she married him. independent. made a part. but some further particulars of her history and her character served to lighten the tediousness of a long hill. The late Sir Harry Denham. and Mr. born to wealth but not to education. who had buried two husbands. with manor and mansion house. Parker acknowledged there being just such a degree of value for it apparent now as to give her conduct that natural explanation. were facts already known. "Miss Brereton" is Clara Brereton. had succeeded in removing her and her large income to his own domains. on Sir Harry's decease. she was said to have made this boast to a friend: "that though she had got nothing but her title from the family. there are points." said he.Chapter 3 EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD should have a great lady. That she was a very rich old lady. Hollis that at his death he left her everything . The great lady of Sanditon was Lady Denham.for being his colleague in speculation.
a littleness will appear. who might very reasonably wish for her original thirty thousand pounds among them. would be principally remembered in her will. She cannot look forward quite as I would have her and takes alarm at a trifling present expense without considering what returns it will make her in a year or two. He would be a noble coadjutor! As it is." Lady Denham was indeed a great lady beyond the common wants of society. he believed. 13 He sincerely hoped it. which I have no doubt we shall have many a candidate for before the end even of this season. "He is a warm friend to Sanditon. but quite uncultivated. "and his hand would be as liberal as his heart. Parker. Hollis's kindred were the least in favor and Sir Harry Denham's the most. must be listened to with caution. and three distinct sets of people to be courted by: her own relations. who must hope to be more indebted to her sense of justice than he had allowed them to be to his. the cottage ornée was a picturesque retreat for middle-class families that employed rustic decor but retained all the modern conveniences (Drabble. That is. and still continued to be. he does what he can and is running up a tasteful little cottage ornée 14on a strip of waste ground Lady Denham has granted him. for she had many thousands a year to bequeath. or by branches of them. 13 14 st 21 . and of these three divisions. Edward’s sister is simply "Miss [Esther] Denham". the latter had the advantage of being the remnant of a connection which she certainly valued. By all of these. Hollis's death." Given that Sir Edward Denham inherited the title from his uncle Sir Harry. we think differently. nephew to Sir Harry. We now and then see things differently. you know. Hollis. had he the power. Sir Edward. and those members of the Denham family whom her second husband had hoped to make a good bargain for. and Mr. Miss Heywood. She has a fine active mind as well as a fine healthy frame for a woman of seventy. Those who tell their own story. she had no doubt been long." said Mr. Miss Denham. “Notes” 219). resided constantly at Denham Park. and enters into the improvement of Sanditon with a spirit truly admirable. Though now and then. Similar to a 21 -century "country house" or hunting lodge. the present baronet. you will judge for yourself. Miss Denham had a very small provision. When you see us in contact. well-attacked. Mr. Parker had little doubt that he and his sister. of having been known to her from their childhood and of being always at hand to preserve their interest by reasonable attention. the legal heirs of Mr. The former. had done themselves irremediable harm by expressions of very unwise and unjustifiable resentment at the time of Mr. Literally an "ornamental cottage". Parker did not hesitate to say that Mr. and her brother was a poor man for his rank in society. who lived with him. rather than his father.good natural sense.
15 th 22 . After having avoided London for many years. when the cousins. even liberality . and at the end of three days calling for her bill that she might judge of her state. Mr. who seemed always to have a spy on her. principally on account of these very cousins who were continually writing. She had gone to a hotel.those of the young female relation whom Lady Denham had been induced to receive into her family. persuaded her to accept such a September 29 . He gave the particulars which had led to Clara's admission at Sanditon as no bad exemplification of that mixture of character . she had brought back with her from London last Michaelmas15 a Miss Brereton. introduced themselves at this important moment. with due exceptions. who bid fair by her merits to vie in favor with Sir Edward and to secure for herself and her family that share of the accumulated property which they had certainly the best right to inherit. and she was preparing . and long and often enjoyed the repeated defeats she had given to every attempt of her relations to introduce this young lady or that young lady as a companion at Sanditon House. the politic and lucky cousins. and whom she was determined to keep at a distance. After having always protested against any such addition. amiable. and the interest of his story increased very much with the introduction of such a character. Like Mr. as having the fairest chance of succeeding to the greater part of all that she had to give.Until within the last twelvemonth. Heywood’s biannual trips to receive his dividends. inviting and tormenting her. as she heard her described to be lovely. Michaelmas was one of four English "quarter days" each year when servants were hired and rents due. Beauty. unassuming. Lady Denham has presumably traveled to London to conduct business. and learning her situation. gentle. Mr. she had been obliged to go there last Michaelmas with the certainty of being detained at least a fortnight.which he saw in Lady Denham. but there were now another person's claims to be taken into account . sweetness. and evidently gaining by her innate worth on the affections of her patroness. Parker spoke warmly of Clara Brereton. woman feels for woman very promptly and compassionately. poverty and dependence do not want the imagination of a man to operate upon. Charlotte listened with more than amusement now. it was solicitude and enjoyment. Parker had considered Sir Edward as standing without a rival.that union of littleness with kindness and good sense. conducting herself uniformly with great good sense. Its amount was such as determined her on staying not another hour in the house. living by her own account as prudently as possible to defy the reputed expensiveness of such a home.to leave the hotel at all hazards.in all the anger and perturbation of her belief in very gross imposition and her ignorance of where to go for better usage .
The six months had long been over and not a syllable was breathed of any change or exchange. Lady Denham had shown the good part of her character. passing by the actual daughters of the house. found her good cousins the Breretons beyond her expectation worthy people. was delighted with her welcome and the hospitality and attention she received from everybody. were all dissipated. to have been preparing for a situation little better than a nursery maid. for six months. to all appearance. to be the very companion who would guide and soften Lady Denham. and since having had the advantage of their Sanditon breezes.an additional burden on an encumbered circle.home for the rest of her stay as their humbler house in a very inferior part of London could offer. She was a general favorite. She was as thoroughly amiable as she was lovely. The invitation was to one. She was felt to be worthy of trust. and finally was impelled by a personal knowledge of their narrow income and pecuniary difficulties to invite one of the girls of the family to pass the winter with her. who would enlarge her mind and open her hand. The prejudices which had met her at first. Clara had returned with her and by her good sense and merit had now. The influence of her steady conduct and mild. and one who had been so low in every worldly view as.a dependent on poverty . but in selecting the one. with all her natural endowments and powers. in some quarters. secured a very strong hold in Lady Denham's regard. a niece. For. 23 . that loveliness was complete. She went. gentle temper was felt by everybody. she had chosen Clara. with the probability of another being then to take her place. more helpless and more pitiable of course than any .
and if we have encouragement enough this year for a little crescent17 to be ventured on (as I trust we shall) then we shall be able to call it Waterloo Crescent . and rich in the garden. Waterloo is in reserve. my love. you know. which always takes. He gets a better house by it." said Mrs. in a sheltered dip within two miles of the sea. the house where I and all my brothers and sisters were born and bred. only one mile and three quarters from the noblest expanse of ocean between the South Foreland and Land's End. will give us the command of lodgers. in fact. I almost wish I had not named Trafalgar . Parker’s enthusiasm for the latest trends.modern Sanditon . you know. In a good season we should have more applications than we could attend to. pent down in this little contracted nook." "It was always a very comfortable house. a crescent is an architectural structure composed of a number of houses arranged in the shape of an arc. and I. As the name implies. You will not think I have made a bad exchange when we reach Trafalgar House which bye the bye. Parker and I lived until within the last two years. and where my own three eldest children were born. with all the fruit and vegetables we want. without air or view. to the man who occupies the chief of my land. It supplies us. Here were we. but that we may be said to carry with us. looking at it through the back window with something like the fondness of regret. as before. they represent Mr. Parker. And we have. and Hillier keeps it in very good order. 1815) were the decisive British victories in the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). and without the smallest advantage from it. "And such a nice garden such an excellent garden.16 However." "Yes. until our new house was finished. orchard and meadows which are the best embellishments of such a dwelling.Chapter 4 "AND WHOSE very snug-looking place is this?" said Charlotte as. Who can endure a cabbage bed in October?" The Battles of Trafalgar (October 21 . the house of my forefathers." said Mr. Parker. wellfenced and planted. all the comfort of an excellent kitchen garden without the constant eyesore of its formalities or the yearly nuisance of its decaying vegetation.a beautiful spot. always built in a hole. In "Sanditon". they passed close by a moderate-sized house." "Ah. 1805) and Waterloo (June 18 . Our ancestors. a rather better situation! One other hill brings us to Sanditon . I have given it up.and the name joined to the form of the building. 16 st th 17 24 . "This is my old house. It is an honest old place. where Mrs.for Waterloo is more the thing now. I am glad you are pleased with it. "It seems to have as many comforts about it as Willingden.
And as for the boys. But it was a nice place for the children to run about in. for if it is forgot to be brought at any time." "Yes. my dear. And I will get Mary a little parasol. We are quite as well off for gardenstuff as ever we were. just to have a nominal supply. But at first it is uphill work. as to gardenstuff.and it will not be amiss to have them often wanted. The Hilliers did not seem to feel the storms last winter at all. I must say I would rather them run about in the sunshine than not. Hillier after one of those dreadful nights. I remember seeing Mrs. simply rages and passes on. we have not a quarter of a mile to go. nothing is known of the state of the air below the tops of the trees. while down in this gutter. The gardener there is glad enough to supply us. I have not the smallest doubt of our being a great deal better off where we are now. The growth of my plantations is a general astonishment. and am afraid he does not do very well. and she did not seem at all aware of the wind being anything more than common. But you know. when we had been literally rocked in our bed. to have something or other forgotten most days. that poor old Andrew may not lose his daily job . and that old Stringer and his son have a higher claim. there has not been time enough yet. So shady in summer!" "My dear. and more than enough in the course of a very few years.but in fact to buy the chief of our consumption from the Stringers. you know. my dear love. When any vegetables or fruit happen to be wanted . you know." 25 . I am sure we do. But it occurs to me that we ought to go elsewhere upon such occasions. that's likely enough."Oh dear. "one loves to look at an old friend. I am sure we agree. How grave she will walk about with it and fancy herself quite a little woman. I encouraged him to set up. or a large bonnet at Jebb's." still looking back. Oh. He will do very well beyond a doubt. in wishing our boys to be as hardy as possible. yes. But. and the inhabitants may be taken totally unawares by one of those dreadful currents. and therefore we must give him what help we can. In the meanwhile we have the canvas awning which gives us the most complete comfort within doors. That is. If we any of us want to bathe. you were saying that any accidental omission is supplied in a moment by Lady Denham's gardener. which will make her as proud as can be. which do more mischief in a valley when they do arise than an open country ever experiences in the heaviest gale. And you can get a parasol at Whitby's for little Mary at any time. we shall have shade enough on the hill. yes. We have all the grandeur of the storm with less real danger because the wind. we can always buy what we want at Sanditon House." "Yes indeed. at a place where one has been happy. meeting with nothing to oppose or confine it around our house.
it is Sidney. and two or three of the best of them were smartened up with a white curtain and "Lodgings to Let". There . and whose mother would not let them be nearer the shore for fear of their tumbling in. You and I. If the village could attract. Such sights and sounds were highly blissful to Mr. many a careful mother. There is someone in most families privileged by superior abilities or spirits to say anything. A branch only of the valley. At the same time last year (late in July) there had not been a single lodger in the village! Nor did he remember any during the whole summer. 26 . and farther on. And it would be a fine thing for the place! Such a young man as Sidney. with his neat equipage and fashionable air.now the old house is quite left behind. excepting one family of children who came from London for sea air after the whooping cough. Parker observed with delight to Charlotte. Sidney says anything.a hill whose side was covered with the woods and enclosures of Sanditon House and whose height ended in an open down where the new buildings might soon be looked for. gave a passage to an inconsiderable stream. of and to us all. my dear Mary. He lives too much in the world to be settled. Parker. The original village contained little more than cottages. He is here and there and everywhere. the sound of a harp might be heard through the upper casement. in the little green court of an old farm house. for considering it as too remote from the beach. Not that he had any personal concern in the success of the village itself. I should like to have you acquainted with him. In ours. I believe. you know. and in turning the corner of the baker's shop. Many a respectable family. and formed at its mouth a third habitable division in a small cluster of fishermen's houses. that can be easily done. What is it your brother Sidney says about its being a hospital?" "Oh." They were now approaching the church and neat village of old Sanditon. which will be a great comfort. Most families have such a member among them. Miss Heywood. I wish we may get him to Sanditon. that is his only fault. he had done nothing there. He anticipated an amazing season. the hill might be nearly full. He pretends to advise me to make a hospital of it. for she is always complaining of old Andrew now and says he never brings her what she wants. know what effect it might have. two females in elegant white were actually to be seen with their books and camp stools. but it was a most valuable proof of the increasing fashion of the place altogether. many a pretty daughter might it secure us to the prejudice of Eastbourne and Hastings. He has always said what he chose. but the spirit of the day had been caught. merely a joke of his. which stood at the foot of the hill they were afterwards to ascend ."Very well. Mary. my love. winding more obliquely towards the sea. And cook will be satisfied. who is a very clever young man and with great powers of pleasing. as Mr. He pretends to laugh at my improvements.
the travelers were safely set down. standing in a small lawn with a very young plantation round it. Trafalgar House. the cliffs. fewer walkers. There was no blue shoe when we passed this way a month ago. look at William Heeley's windows. elegant building. "Look. like blue shoes. but the sands and the Terrace always attracted some. with a broad walk in front. the hotel and billiard room. delighted. excepting one short row of smart-looking houses called the Terrace. for our hill. Here began the descent to the beach and to the bathing machines. A little higher up. Blue shoes. and by Mr. the modern began. roll down to the shore. I think I have done something in my day. civilization indeed!" cried Mr. Now. our health-breathing hill. my dear Mary. and the nearest to it of every building. He had fancied it just the time of day for them to be all returning from their airings to dinner. at his own house. and exit into the water without being exposed to the general public. aspiring to be the Mall of the place.fewer carriages. they passed the lodge gates of Sanditon House and saw the top of the house itself among its groves. Parker with the eager eye which hoped to see scarcely any empty houses. and a smaller show of company on the hill . At Trafalgar House. Parker. More bills at the windows than he had calculated on. and the tide must be flowing . nankin boots were a fashion accessory rather than a practical piece of clothing. about a hundred yards from the brow of a steep but not very lofty cliff."Civilization. and in crossing the down. rising at a little distance behind the Terrace. His spirits rose with the very sight of the sea and he could almost feel his ankle getting stronger already. He longed to be on the sands. bathing machines were small wheeled shacks that allowed the bather to change clothes. and nankin boots! 18 Who would have expected such a sight at a shoemaker's in old Sanditon! This is new within the month. Glorious indeed! Well. found amusement enough in standing at her ample Venetian window and looking over the 18 19 Cotton-upper boots.about half-tide now. It was the last building of former days in that line of the parish. was a light. In this row were the best milliner's shop and the library a little detached from it. while Charlotte. 27 . having received possession of her apartment. on the most elevated spot on the down. 19 And this was therefore the favorite spot for beauty and fashion. a Bellevue Cottage and a Denham Place were to be looked at by Charlotte with the calmness of amused curiosity." In ascending. a Prospect House. and everywhere out of his house at once. Designed to protect modesty in an age of single-sex bathing. and all was happiness and joy between Papa and Mama and their children.
28 .miscellaneous foreground of unfinished buildings. waving linen and tops of houses. to the sea. dancing and sparkling in sunshine and freshness.
I trust it may. Mary. "before I open it. They have only weaker constitutions and stronger minds than are often met with. And our youngest brother. they are such excellent useful women and have so much energy of character that where any good is to be done. they force themselves on exertions which. as you have heard us say frequently. "No chance of seeing them at Sanditon I am sorry to say. They never fail me. Sidney laughs at him. They have wretched health. Mr. what shall we guess as to the state of health of those it comes from . I like to have my friends acquainted with each other and I am afraid this is the only sort of acquaintance I shall have the means of accomplishing between you. And I can have no scruple on Diana's account. Indeed. But it really is not so . But there is really no affectation about them.Chapter 5 WHEN THEY MET before dinner. he will have it there is a good deal of imagination in my two sisters' complaints. have an extraordinary appearance. "He is an idle fellow. and therefore must give a good impression. I do not believe they know what a day's health is. and are subject to a variety of very serious disorders. Mary.or rather what would Sidney say if he were here? Sidney is a saucy fellow. you will be quite sorry to hear how ill they have been and are. I will read Diana's letter aloud. if you will give me leave. But here is a letter from one of my sisters. Women are the only correspondents to be depended on. I am sorry to say is almost as great an invalid as themselves. Now. Miss Heywood. a very indifferent account. Seriously. he shook his head and began. though Sidney often makes me laugh at them all in spite of myself. He is so delicate that he can engage in no profession. But it really is no joke. And at the same time." Having run his eye over the letter. "Not a line from Sidney!" said he. A very indifferent account of them indeed. warm-hearted being in existence. And you must know. Diana or Arthur would appear by this letter to have been at the point of death within the last month. for her letters show her exactly as she is. Parker was looking over letters. But perhaps it implies that he is coming himself. you know. to those who do not thoroughly know them. the most active.or very little. if he were here. Now. I sent him an account of my accident from Willingden and thought he would have vouchsafed me an answer." He read: 29 . who lives with them and who is not much above twenty. either separate or together. Miss Heywood. friendly. I know he would be offering odds that either Susan." smiling at his wife.
and though we cannot contribute to your beau monde in person. I should have been with you at all hazards the day after the receipt of your letter. for had you the most experienced man in his line settled at Sanditon. until we are quite convinced that they can do nothing for us and that we must trust to our own knowledge of our own wretched constitutions for any relief. which had so large a share in bringing on your accident. And neither of my dear companions will leave me or I would promote their going down to you for a fortnight. but her nerves are a good deal deranged. we are doing our utmost to send you company worth having and think we may safely 30 . friction by the hand alone. I could soon put the necessary irons in the fire. it would be no recommendation to us. it is quite an impossibility. She has accordingly had three teeth drawn. and if you had not described yourself as fallen into such very good hands. I grieve to say that I dare not attempt it but my feelings tell me too plainly that. and hardly able to crawl from my bed to the sofa. Sheldon when her coachman sprained his foot as he was cleaning the carriage and could hardly limp into the house. I persuaded her to attack the disorder there. the sea air would probably be the death of me. in my present state. I doubt whether Susan's nerves would be equal to the effort."My dear Tom. is tolerably well though more languid than I like and I fear for his liver. If indeed a simple sprain. He. But pray never run into peril again in looking for an apothecary on our account. We have entirely done with the whole medical tribe. We were all much grieved at your accident. Many thanks. and is decidedly better. Most sincerely do we wish you a good season at Sanditon. She can only speak in a whisper and fainted away twice this morning on poor Arthur's trying to suppress a cough. as you denominate it. But if you think it advisable for the interest of the place to get a medical man there. my dear Tom. We have consulted physician after physician in vain. I have heard nothing of Sidney since your being together in town. I will undertake the commission with pleasure. and being convinced on examination that much of the evil lay in her gum. I am happy to say. She has been suffering much from the headache. But how were you treated? Send me more particulars in your next. But in truth. though it found me suffering under a more severe attack than usual of my old grievance. and six leeches a day for ten days together relieved her so little that we thought it right to change our measures. spasmodic bile. but conclude his scheme to the Isle of Wight has not taken place or we should have seen him in his way. and have no doubt of succeeding. supposing it could be applied instantly. but by the immediate use of friction alone steadily persevered in (and I rubbed his ankle with my own hand for six hours without intermission) he was well in three days. for the kindness with respect to us. Two years ago I happened to be calling on Mrs. As for getting to Sanditon myself. nothing would have been so judicious as friction.
I will not tell you how many people I have employed in the business . I declare I by myself can see nothing in it but what is either very pitiable or very creditable.reckon on securing you two large families. well." said Mr. But success more than repays.frightful! Your sister Diana seems almost as ill as possible. you know. but their measures seem to touch on extremes. or academy." "Well. Parker. the other a most respectable girls' boarding school. "I do think the Miss Parkers carry it too far sometimes. without any idea of attempting to 31 . my love. "I am astonished at the cheerful style of the letter.and have such fortitude!" "Your sisters know what they are about. but those three teeth of your sister Susan's are more distressing than all the rest. I told you my sisters were excellent women. so very little venturesome for myself or anybody I loved! But then. on the interest of his own little fortune." "Why to own the truth." said Mrs. "Though I dare say Sidney might find something extremely entertaining in this letter and make us laugh for half an hour together.to every operation . considering the state in which both sisters appear to be. One a rich West Indian from Surrey. Miss Heywood. I feel that in any illness I should be so anxious for professional advice.one for Prospect House probably. And so do you. I grant you.etcetera. they are so used to the operation . Parker. 2 Denham Place or the end house of the Terrace.and especially Arthur. it is unfortunate for poor Arthur that at his time of life he should be encouraged to give way to indisposition." "Well. Three teeth drawn at once . we have been so healthy a family that I can be no judge of what the habit of self-doctoring may do." "Oh." "And I am sure they must be very extraordinary ones. I know you think it a great pity they should give him such a turn for being ill. the other for No.wheels within wheels. You often think they would be better if they would leave themselves more alone . I dare say. with extra beds at the hotel." said Charlotte. Yours most affectionately . as he finished. With all their sufferings. It is bad that he should be fancying himself too sickly for any profession and sit down at one and twenty. you perceive how much they are occupied in promoting the good of others! So anxious for Sanditon! Two large families . from Camberwell. my dear Mary.
These two large families are just what we wanted.Morgan with his 'Dinner on table'. But let us talk of pleasanter things." 32 .improve it or of engaging in any occupation that may be of use to himself or others. But here is something at hand pleasanter still .
Jane Fisher. Miss Mathews. And besides. Miss H. Whitby at the library was sitting in her inner room. was busy in some immediate purchases for the further good of everybody as soon as Miss Whitby could be hurried down from her toilette. Here and there might be seen a solitary elderly man. Mrs. were followed by nothing better than: Mrs. and August and September were the months. the cliffs and the sands. Miss Fisher. and Mrs. Brown. the eldest daughter is formally "Miss (Last Name)". Mr. Mathews. Mathews. as the oldest "at home" (i. the rest of the daughters moved up in the order. whose names might be said to lead off the season. 20 33 . Miss Brereton. Parker could not but feel that the list was not only without distinction but less numerous than he had hoped. Richard Pratt. Captain Little . Whitby came forward without delay from her literary recess. Sir Edward Denham and Miss Denham. Parker. and they were fully occupied in their various civilities and communications. Mrs. whose manners recommended him to everybody.e.Limehouse. who was forced to move early and walk for health. So although Charlotte Heywood may not be the oldest Heywood daughter. Davis and Miss Merryweather. Dr. but in general. The shops were deserted. When an elder daughter married. the promised large families from Surrey and Camberwell were an ever-ready consolation. unmarried). It was but July. For example. reading one of her own novels for want of employment. Parker. They were out in the very quietest part of a watering-place day. it was a thorough pause of company. the two Parker sisters would be introduced as "Miss Parker and Miss Diana Parker". and Mrs. The straw hats and pendant lace seemed left to their fate both within the house and without. however. 20 Mr. Lieutenant Smith R. while Charlotte. The social rank of unmarried daughters in this era proceeded in descending order of age. Reverend Mr. The Lady Denham. Hanking. The list of subscribers was but commonplace. Beard . It was emptiness and tranquility on the Terrace. Mr. Grays Inn. she is referred to as "Miss Heywood". Miss Scroggs. Parker could not be satisfied without an early visit to the library and the library subscription book. Mrs.N. Mr. and Mrs. Mathews. Mr. when the important business of dinner or of sitting after dinner was going on in almost every inhabited lodging. and Charlotte was glad to see as much and as quickly as possible where all was new. delighted to see Mr.Chapter 6 THE PARTY were very soon moving after dinner. while each of the subsequent daughters is introduced by her first and last name. Miss E. with all her glossy curls and smart trinkets. to wait on her..Solicitor. having added her name to the list as the first offering to the success of the season.
"No. "I will not have you hurry your tea on my account. She observed them well.and that it would not do for her to be spending all her money the very first evening. they were then to take a turn on the cliff. it happened to be a volume of Camilla. "Notes" 219). For her particular gratification. there was a good humor and cordiality about her . no. so she turned from the drawers of rings and brooches.but we get back to our own tea. She took up a book. afforded everything: all the useless things in the world that could not be done without 21." said her Ladyship. and with so much good will for Mr. 22 She had not Camilla's youth.or rather she reflected that at two and twenty there could be no excuse for her doing otherwise . No.a civility and readiness to be acquainted with Charlotte herself and a heartiness of welcome towards her old friends .which was inspiring the good will she seemed to feel. and therefore the stroll on the cliff gave way to an immediate return home. of course. I know you like your tea late. and talked of going home again directly. as of a person who valued herself on being free-spoken. Frances Burney’s Camilla (1796) was a popular romantic novel of the era. We wanted just to see you and make sure of your being really come . its improbably unlucky heroine is seventeen years old at the end of the book. upright and alert in her motions. We came out with no other thought. Charlotte was fully consoled for the loss of her walk by finding herself in company with those whom the conversation of the morning had given her a great curiosity to see. And In addition to circulating books. Charlotte began to feel that she must check herself . with a shrewd eye and self-satisfied air but not an unagreeable countenance. but as they quitted the library they were met by two ladies whose arrival made an alteration necessary: Lady Denham and Miss Brereton. 21 22 34 . Lady Denham was of middle height. and though Lady Denham was a great deal too active to regard the walk of a mile as anything requiring rest. no. They had been to Trafalgar House and been directed thence to the library. as they entered. and had no intention of having her distress. stout. to bring tea directly. and though her manner was rather downright and abrupt. and among so many pretty temptations. repressed further solicitation and paid for what she had bought. Parker to encourage expenditure. Parker's orders to the servant.The library. My early hours are not to put my neighbors to inconvenience. the Parkers knew that to be pressed into their house and obliged to take her tea with them would suit her best. Miss Clara and I will get back to our own tea. the Regency-era library also sold gift-shop items and tickets to social events (Drabble." She went on however towards Trafalgar House and took possession of the drawing room very quietly without seeming to hear a word of Mrs.
Such poverty and dependence joined to such beauty and merit seemed to leave no choice in the business. Parker. It was evident that Lady Denham had more anxiety. but not at all unreasonably influenced by them. Whitby's shelves. Parker's praise that Charlotte thought she had never beheld a more lovely or more interesting young woman. than her coadjutor. the group is "clearly" referring to a wealthy settler family ("Notes" 220). On one side it seemed protecting kindness." said her Ladyship. "A West Indian family and a school. she was a very sober-minded young lady. Charlotte could see in her only the most perfect representation of whatever heroine might be most beautiful and bewitching in all the numerous volumes they had left behind on Mrs. 23 During this period. The conversation turned entirely upon Sanditon.as for Miss Brereton. She could see nothing worse in Lady Denham than the sort of old-fashioned formality of always calling her Miss Clara. I believe. Miss Diana Parker's two large families were not forgotten. more fears of loss. especially in the form of the most barbarous conduct on Lady Denham's side." "No people spend more freely. very good. nor anything objectionable in the degree of observance and attention which Clara paid. on the other grateful and affectionate respect. and while she pleased herself the first five minutes with fancying the persecution which ought to be the lot of the interesting Clara. "Very good. her appearance so completely justified Mr. Elegantly tall." observed Mr. That will bring money. a sweetly modest and yet naturally graceful address. Her situation with Lady Denham was so very much in favor of it! She seemed placed with her on purpose to be ill-used. That sounds well. regularly handsome. 35 . she found no reluctance to admit from subsequent observation that they appeared to be on very comfortable terms. These feelings were not the result of any spirit of romance in Charlotte herself. She wanted to have the place fill faster and seemed to have many harassing apprehensions of the lodgings being in some instances underlet. sufficiently well-read in novels to supply her imagination with amusement. its present number of visitants and the chances of a good season. No. than West Indians 23. according to Drabble. Perhaps it might be partly owing to her having just issued from a circulating library but she could not separate the idea of a complete heroine from Clara Brereton. the term "West Indian" could refer to both the indigenous population and the European settlers. with great delicacy of complexion and soft blue eyes.
I should never keep up Sanditon House as I do. and I have two milch asses at this present time. so I have heard. who knows but some may be consumptive and want asses' milk. And out of such a number. "Lord! My dear sir. but upon my word. and because they have full purses fancy themselves equal. I am not a woman of parade as all the world knows. But then. Our butchers and bakers and traders in general cannot get rich without bringing prosperity to us. we shall not much thank them. my dear. let us have none of the tribe at Sanditon." "Oh! Well. If they do not gain. Whitby that if 36 . And if they come among us to raise the price of our necessaries of life. Yes. And I have told Mrs. Mr. our rents must be insecure. yes. And I have heard that's very much the case with your West Indians. They'll stay their six weeks. and in proportion to their profit must be ours eventually in the increased value of our houses. Mr. I dare say she thinks me an odd sort of creature. Hollis's memory. But I should not like to have butcher's meat raised. We go on very well as we are. though you may not happen to have quite such a servants' hall to feed as I have." Poor Mr. Parker. what should we do with a doctor here? It would be only encouraging our servants and the poor to fancy themselves ill if there was a doctor at hand. And I shall keep it down as long as I can. Parker got no more credit from Lady Denham than he had from his sisters for the object which had taken him to Willingden. but she will come to care about such matters herself in time. Well. Going after a doctor! Why. and if it was not for what I owe to poor Mr. you will be thinking of the price of butcher's meat in time. "How could you think of such a thing? I am very sorry you met with your accident. And I do believe those are best off that have fewest servants. is it? No harm in that. Parker. But perhaps the little misses may hurt the furniture. I hope they will have a good sharp governess to look after them. Oh! Pray. maybe. I see. depend upon it. though. they can only raise the price of consumable articles by such an extraordinary demand for them and such a diffusion of money among us as must do us more good than harm. and the other is a boarding school. to your old country families." she cried. a French boarding school. they who scatter their money so freely never think of whether they may not be doing mischief by raising the price of things. you deserved it. It is not for my own pleasure. Aye. There is the sea and the downs and my milch asses." "My dear Madam. that young lady smiles."Aye.
Ten fees. one after another. I beseech you Mr. he would have been alive now. no doctors here. "Oh. But since you are so very neighborly." The tea things were brought in. I believe Miss Clara and I must stay. my dear Mrs. they may be supplied at a fair rate . A chamber-horse can be seen in action at http://www. as good as new .and never saw the face of a doctor in all my life on my own account.why would you do so? I was just upon the point of wishing you good evening. somewhat like an exercise ball.britishpathe. Parker. resembling a regular chair with its seat replaced by a sideways accordion for bouncing.poor Mr." The chamber-horse was an early exercise machine. you should not indeed .and what can people want for more? Here have I lived seventy good years in the world and never took physic above twice . did the man take who sent him out of the world. Hollis's chamber-horse. And I verily believe if my poor dear Sir Harry had never seen one neither.com/video/wooden-bygones# (1:14). 24 37 .anybody inquires for a chamber-horse24. Parker.
She liked him. she thought him agreeable and did not quarrel with the suspicion of his finding her equally so. I make no apologies for my heroine's vanity. For a lady of Miss Denham's class. the single horse carriage would be an embarrassing reminder of her relative poverty. the better half at least (for while single. He came into the room remarkably well. by whom he chanced to be placed .and very much to Charlotte. At last. and the duty of letter writing being accomplished. but for walking on together to the Terrace.and she soon perceived that he had a fine countenance.with an anxious glance after them as they proceeded .Chapter 7 THE POPULARITY of the Parkers brought them some visitors the very next morning. and there was instantly a slight change in Sir Edward's countenance . 38 . and which their groom was leading about still in her sight. from the low French windows of the drawing room which commanded the road and all the paths across the down. but yet more to be remarked for his very good address and wish of paying attention and giving pleasure. which altogether gave a hasty turn to Charlotte's fancy. not merely for moving. Sober-minded as she was. If there are young ladies in the world at her time of life more dull of fancy and more careless of pleasing. The Denhams were the only ones to excite particular attention. and found them. the gentleman may sometimes be thought the better half of the pair) not unworthy of notice.certainly handsome. and persisting in his station and his discourse. and placed her in a more capable state of judging. Sir Edward was much her superior in air and manner . of how agreeable he had 25 A gig is a small. but cold and reserved. and who was immediately gnawed by the want of a handsomer equipage than the simple gig 25 in which they travelled. talked much . Charlotte and Sir Edward as they sat could not but observe Lady Denham and Miss Brereton walking by. when Sir Edward was gone. giving the idea of one who felt her consequence with pride and her poverty with discontent. Charlotte was glad to complete her knowledge of the family by an introduction to them. Sir Edward Denham and his sister who having been at Sanditon House. a most pleasing gentleness of voice and a great deal of conversation. Charlotte was settled with Mrs. Miss Denham was a fine young woman. cured her of her half-hour's fever. two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse. which would arise from his evidently disregarding his sister's motion to go. drove on to pay their compliments. I know them not and never wish to know them.followed by an early proposal to his sister. Parker in the drawing room in time to see them all. among them.
actually been. to talk of the sea and the seashore." said he. and by addressing his attentions entirely to herself. its mariners tempting it in sunshine and overwhelmed by the sudden tempest . The Terrace was the attraction to all. he seemed to mean to detach her as much as possible from the rest of the party and to give her the whole of his conversation. but doing very well from the lips of a handsome Sir Edward. He surprised her by quitting Clara immediately on their all joining and agreeing to walk. they found the united Denham party. Sir Edward's required longer observation. rather commonplace perhaps. seated on one of the two green benches by the gravel walk. its direful deceptions. but though united in the gross. and his title did him no harm. "Perhaps there was a good deal in his air and address. The first object of the Parkers. "Do you remember. until he began to stagger her by the number of his quotations and the bewilderment of some of his sentences. its quick vicissitudes. The terrific grandeur of the ocean in a storm. to Miss Denham at Lady Denham's elbow. Charlotte's first glance told her that Sir Edward's air was that of a lover. and there. "Scott's beautiful lines on the sea? Oh! What a description they convey! They are never out of my thoughts when I walk here.and very amusing or very melancholy. Everybody who walked must begin with the Terrace. but she was inclined to think not very favorably. That 39 . How Clara received it was less obvious. for though sitting thus apart with him (which probably she might not have been able to prevent) her air was calm and grave. and ran with energy through all the usual phrases employed in praise of their sublimity and descriptive of the indescribable emotions they excite in the mind of sensibility. the change from Miss Denham sitting in cold grandeur in Mrs. was very striking . and she could not but think him a man of feeling. He began. to be kept from silence by the efforts of others. That the young lady at the other end of the bench was doing penance was indubitable. its gulls and its samphire and the deep fathoms of its abysses. Stationing himself close by her. There could be no doubt of his devotion to Clara. just as satire or morality might prevail." She was very soon in his company again. in a tone of great taste and feeling. was to get out themselves. listening and talking with smiling attention or solicitous eagerness. Miss Denham's character was pretty well decided with Charlotte. very distinctly divided again: the two superior ladies being at one end of the bench. Parker's drawing room. when their house was cleared of morning visitors.all were eagerly and fluently touched. its glass surface in a calm. The difference in Miss Denham's countenance. and Sir Edward and Miss Brereton at the other.
Miss Heywood. of Burns’ lines to his Mary? Oh! There is pathos to madden one! 27 If ever there was a man who felt. Montgomery has all the fire of poetry." 26 27 28 Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was at this point more famous for his poetry than his novels. 40 . Given that the subject is emotive poets of the era. few and far between. descriptive . His soul was the altar in which lovely woman sat enshrined. elegant. "Montgomery". William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and Thomas Campbell (1777-1844). And then again. Robert Burns (1759-1796) dedicated several poems to his lover and probable troth-plight Mary Campbell. "I remember none at this moment. that unequalled. 26 But while we are on the subject of poetry. in either of Scott's poems. Sometimes indeed a flash of feeling seems to irradiate him. what think you. Tender.but Burns is always on fire. as in the lines we were speaking of . The man who cannot do justice to the attributes of woman is my contempt. it was Burns. he would have been immortal.'Oh.but tame.28 Can you conceive anything more subduing. "Wordsworth" and "Campbell" probably refer to James Montgomery (1771-1854).man who can read them unmoved must have the nerves of an assassin! Heaven defend me from meeting such a man unarmed. of the sea. Campbell in his pleasures of hope has touched the extreme of our sensations Like angels' visits. Miss Heywood. Sir Edward quotes from "Marmion" (1808) and "The Lady of the Lake" (1810). more fraught with the deep sublime than that line? But Burns . who died in October 1786.I confess my sense of his preeminence. Woman in our hours of ease' . unrivalled address to parental affection Some feelings are to mortals given With less of earth in them than heaven. If Scott has a fault. But you cannot have forgotten his description of woman — Oh." "Do you not indeed? Nor can I exactly recall the beginning at this moment. etcetera. it is the want of passion. Woman in our hours of ease Delicious! Delicious! Had he written nothing more. more melting. his spirit truly breathed the immortal incense which is her due. Wordsworth has the true soul of it." "What description do you mean?" said Charlotte. several months after the start of their affair.
Robert Burns had 12 children by three women."I have read several of Burns' poems with great delight. she gravely answered." exclaimed Sir Edward in an ecstasy. but why he should talk so much nonsense. nor can you. elicited by impassioned feeling in the breast of man. write or do by the sovereign impulses of illimitable ardor. she presumed. "I really know nothing of the matter. I fancy." This was very fine . must be southerly. He seemed very sentimental. and talked a good deal by rote. and Charlotte listened. no. His choosing to walk with her. 29 Between 1785-1796. happy wind. 41 . it were pseudo-philosophy to expect from the soul of high-toned genius the grovelings of a common mind. The future might explain him further. had not a very clear brain. and poor Burns' known irregularities greatly interrupt my enjoyment of his lines. are perhaps incompatible with some of the prosaic decencies of life. like a true great lady. The others all left them. talked and talked only of her own concerns." speaking with an air of deep sentiment. It was done to pique Miss Brereton. and being moreover by no means pleased with his extraordinary style of compliment. He felt and he wrote and he forgot. was unintelligible. very full of some feeling or other. Sir Edward with looks of very gallant despair in tearing himself away.but who is perfect? It were hypercriticism. The wind. But when there was a proposition for going into the library. The coruscations of talent. unless he could do no better. This is a charming day. loveliest Miss Heywood.but if Charlotte understood it at all. I have difficulty in depending on the truth of his feelings as a lover. "nor can any woman be a fair judge of what a man may be propelled to say. Lady Denham. that is. and they united their agreeableness. and very much addicted to all the newest-fashioned hard words. She had read it." 29 "Oh! No." said Charlotte as soon as she had time to speak. not very moral. "He was all ardor and truth! His genius and his susceptibilities might lead him into some aberrations . she had learnt to understand. she felt that she had had quite enough of Sir Edward for one morning and very gladly accepted Lady Denham's invitation of remaining on the Terrace with her. to engage Miss Heywood's thoughts!" She began to think him downright silly." "Happy. I have not faith in the sincerity of the affections of a man of his description. "But I am not poetic enough to separate a man's poetry entirely from his character. not including Mary Campbell who is believed to have been pregnant with his child at her death. in an anxious glance or two on his side.
things do not stand 42 . and seeing no rapturous astonishment in Charlotte's countenance.and he was a very honorable man. but I saw what she was about. I do not think I was ever overreached in my life. But. She has been trying to get round me every way with her praise of this and her praise of that. quite the gentleman of ancient family. For though I am only the dowager. It was not in the will." She said this with a look at her companion which implied its right to produce a great impression. and very delighted and thankful they were." Charlotte could think of nothing more harmless to be said than the simple inquiry of . My young folks. "Miss Esther wants me to invite her and her brother to spend a week with me at Sanditon House. No. And that is a good deal for a woman to say that has been married twice. I always take care to know what I am about and who I have to deal with before I stir a finger. added quickly. For they are very good young people. trust me. she immediately said in a tone of great satisfaction and with a look of arch sagacity. I have been a very liberal friend to Sir Edward. my dear. I would not have you think that I only notice them for poor dear Sir Harry's sake. he needs it bad enough. they would not be so much in my company. Poor dear Sir Harry. as I call them sometimes. I gave Sir Edward his gold watch. And when he died. he is gone. and he is the heir. "He did not bequeath it to his nephew. Nobody could live happier together than us . absolutely forced to affect admiration. and it is not the only kind thing I have done by him. He only told me. It was no bequest. thought at first to have got more. and that but once." "Very kind indeed! Very handsome!" said Charlotte. I saw through it all. but it need not have been binding if I had not chose it. with a bit of a sigh. that he should wish his nephew to have his watch. my dear. my dear. my dear. I am not the woman to help anybody blindfold. I am not very easily taken in. no. And poor young man. and we must not find fault with the dead. from Monday to Monday. for I take them very much by the hand. "Yes. But I shan't. my dear. I had them with me last summer."Sir Edward and Miss Denham?" "Yes. between ourselves. they are very deserving themselves or. for a week. my dear. and communicative from the influence of the same conscious importance or a natural love of talking. Certainly there was no strain of doubtful sentiment nor any phrase of difficult interpretation in Lady Denham's discourse. about this time.amused in considering the contrast between her two companions. Taking hold of Charlotte's arm with the ease of one who felt that any notice from her was an honor. as I did last summer.
Sir Edward has no payments to make me." "Sir Edward Denham. And it is to be hoped that some lady of large fortune will think so. And Sir Edward is a very steady young man in the main and has got very good notions. but no property." after a short pause. 30 43 . she will find herself mistaken. for Sir Edward must marry for money. "if Miss Esther thinks to talk me into inviting them to come and stay at Sanditon House. believe me. yes." "And Miss Esther must marry somebody of fortune too. as soon as she got well. Now if we could get a young heiress to be sent here for her health . "Yes. have her fall in love with Sir Edward!" "That would be very fortunate indeed. young ladies that have no money are very much to be pitied! But. Matters are altered with me A half-pay officer is one who is retired or not in active service. Not a shilling do I receive from the Denham estate. particularly elegant in his address.between us in the way they commonly do between those two parties. None of these people would be part of the landholding class. Families come after families but.and. Clergymen maybe. "Aye my dear. or half-pay officers. as far as I can learn. landed or funded." This was said chiefly for the sake of saying something. or lawyers from town. but he knows he must marry for money. It is I that help him. between ourselves. A handsome young fellow like him will go smirking and smiling about and paying girls compliments. since Sanditon has been a public place. "with such personal advantages may be almost sure of getting a woman of fortune." said Charlotte. I think they are great fools for not staying at home. that's very sensibly said. but Charlotte directly saw that it was laying her open to suspicion by Lady Denham's giving a shrewd glance at her and replying." This glorious sentiment seemed quite to remove suspicion. or widows with only a jointure. An income perhaps. He don't stand uppermost. he is very well to look at.and if she was ordered to drink asses' milk I could supply her ." "Indeed! He is a very fine young man. She must get a rich husband. it is not one in a hundred of them that have any real property." cried Lady Denham. "And if we could but get a young heiress to Sanditon! But heiresses are monstrous scarce! I do not think we have had an heiress here. He and I often talk that matter over. if he chooses it. or even a co-. 30 And what good can such people do anybody? Except just as they take our empty houses and. A jointure is the legal provision made for a wife after her husband’s death. Ah.
And I am mean.but they are obliged to be mean in their servility to her. with great glee. I must judge for myself. I have Miss Clara with me now which makes a great difference. Parker spoke too mildly of her." For objections of this nature. why don't they take lodgings? Here are a great many empty houses . I can see no good in her. too. very fit for a young gentleman and his sister. and only conscious that Lady Denham was still talking on in the same way. but indignation had the larger and the increasing share.how far nature meant them to be respectable I cannot tell . may be too large for them. She kept her countenance and she kept a civil silence. And their very connection prejudices him. very mean. If they had hard places. my dear.since last summer. He has persuaded her to engage in the same speculation. His own good nature misleads him. Lady Denham soon added. Charlotte was not prepared. They have Miss Clara's room to put to rights as well as my own every day. allowed her thoughts to form themselves into such a meditation as this: "She is thoroughly mean. but either of the two others are nice little snug houses." She spoke this so seriously that Charlotte instantly saw in it the evidence of real penetration and prepared for some fuller remarks. my dear. She could not carry her forbearance farther. Poor Miss Brereton! And she makes everybody mean about her. "And besides all this. Numbers Three. I had not expected anything so bad. Four and Eight. and because their object in that line is the same. She found it so impossible even to affect sympathy that she could say nothing. Mr. but without attempting to listen longer. He is too kind-hearted to see clearly. the next time Miss Esther begins talking about the dampness of Denham Park and the good bathing always does her. in giving her my 44 . And so. No fewer than three lodging papers staring me in the face at this very moment. they would want higher wages." Charlotte's feelings were divided between amusement and indignation. he fancies she feels like him in others. This poor Sir Edward and his sister . Eight.three on this very Terrace. you know. I shall advise them to come and take one of these lodgings for a fortnight. you know. am I to be filling my house to the prejudice of Sanditon? If people want to be by the sea. I should not choose to have my two housemaids' time taken up all the morning in dusting out bedrooms. "I have no fancy for having my house as full as a hotel. Don't you think that will be very fair? Charity begins at home. But she is very. but it was followed only by. His judgment is evidently not to be trusted. the corner house.
when rich people are sordid. Thus it is." 45 .attention with the appearance of coinciding with her.
My sister wanted my counsel in the selection of some books. who. They hold forth the most splendid portraitures of high conceptions. The mere trash of the common circulating library I hold in the highest contempt. It would be pseudo-philosophy to assert that we do not feel more enwrapped by the brilliancy of his career than by the tranquil and morbid virtues of any opposing character. I hope I may say. Such are the works which I peruse with delight and. pervading hero of the story . illimitable ardor. In vain may we put them into a literary alembic. approaching Charlotte. said. These are the novels which enlarge the primitive capabilities of the heart.it leaves us full of generous emotions for him. I dare say it will give me a clearer idea. And even when the event is mainly anti-prosperous to the high-toned machinations of the prime character . fair questioner. Our approbation of the latter is but eleemosynary.Chapter 8 THE TWO LADIES continued walking together until rejoined by the others. to be conversant with them. "our taste in novels is not at all the same." 46 ." "Most willingly.though at the risk of some aberration from the strict line of primitive obligations to hazard all." "If I understand you aright. and Sir Edward. as they issued from the library. The novels which I approve are such as display human nature with grandeur. and it cannot impugn the sense or be any dereliction of the character of the most anti-puerile man. or those vapid tissues of ordinary occurrences from which no useful deductions can be drawn. "You may perceive what has been our occupation. with amelioration. unbounded views. we distill nothing which can add to science. indomitable decision. such as show her in the sublimities of intense feeling." said Charlotte. achieve all to obtain her. You understand me. our hearts are paralyzed. where we see the strong spark of woman's captivations elicit such fire in the soul of man as leads him . We have many leisure hours and read a great deal. But if you will describe the sort of novels of which you do approve. such as exhibit the progress of strong passion from the first germ of incipient susceptibility to the utmost energies of reason half-dethroned. You will never hear me advocating those puerile emanations which detail nothing but discordant principles incapable of amalgamation. I am no indiscriminate novel reader.the potent. were followed by a young Whitby running off with five volumes under his arm to Sir Edward's gig. I am sure?" "I am not quite certain that I do. dare all.
and with the same ill-luck which made him derive only false principles from lessons of morality. had read more sentimental novels than agreed with him. whom circumstances had confined very much to one spot. With such personal advantages as he knew himself to possess. upper-class rake. All three novels center on the abduction of a poor but virtuous young woman by a witty. he gathered only hard words and involved sentences from the style of our most approved writers. to make fine speeches to every pretty girl. and imprisons the heroine for months. 31 And such authors as had since appeared to tread in Richardson's steps (so far as man's determined pursuit of woman in defiance of every opposition of feeling and convenience was concerned) had since occupied the greater part of his literary hours. carried some degree of fascination with it. 31 32 47 . drugs. Though he owed many of his ideas to this sort of reading. letters. it would be unjust to say that he read nothing else or that his language was not formed on a more general knowledge of modern literature. Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady (1748). was but the inferior part of the character he had to play. It interested and inflamed him. he thought. To be generally gallant and assiduous about the fair. Sir Edward's great object in life was to be seductive. the sagacity and the perseverance of the villain of the story out-weighed all his absurdities and all his atrocities with Sir Edward. But it was Clara alone on whom he had serious designs. And he was always more anxious for its success. He felt that he was formed to be a dangerous man. and such talents as he did also give himself credit for. or any other young woman with any pretensions to beauty. and mourned over its discomfitures with more tenderness. the graces. supposedly out of an uncontrollable passion. and formed his character. fire and feeling. he kidnaps. Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) wrote three popular epistolary novels: Pamela: Or. With a perversity of judgment which must be attributed to his not having by nature a very strong head. tours and criticisms of the day. he regarded it as his duty. 32 The very name of Sir Edward. than could ever have been contemplated by the authors. With him such conduct was genius.And here they were obliged to part. the spirit. quite in the line of the Lovelaces. Miss Denham being much too tired of them all to stay any longer. He read all the essays. His fancy had been early caught by all the impassioned and most exceptionable parts of Richardson's. he was entitled (according to his own views of society) to approach with high compliment and rhapsody on the slightest acquaintance. rapes. Virtue Rewarded (1740). Robert Lovelace is the villain of Richardson’s book Clarissa. The truth was that Sir Edward. it was Clara whom he meant to seduce. Miss Heywood. and incentives to vice from the history of its overthrow. and The History of Sir Charles Grandison (1753).
he must carry her off. If she could not be won by affection. He was armed against the highest pitch of disdain or aversion. Clara saw through him and had not the least intention of being seduced. she was young. lovely and dependent. and he felt a strong curiosity to ascertain whether the neighborhood of Timbuktu might not afford some solitary house adapted for Clara's reception. but she bore with him patiently enough to confirm the sort of attachment which her personal charms had raised. he must naturally wish to strike out something new. A greater degree of discouragement indeed would not have affected Sir Edward. He had very early seen the necessity of the case. He knew his business. to exceed those who had gone before him.Her seduction was quite determined on. 48 . If he were constrained so to act. She was his rival in Lady Denham's favor. and prudence obliged him to prefer the quietest sort of ruin and disgrace for the object of his affections to the more renowned. But the expense (alas!) of measures in that masterly style was illsuited to his purse. and had now been long trying with cautious assiduity to make an impression on her heart and to undermine her principles. Her situation in every way called for it. Already had he had many musings on the subject.
who had both gone home some time before. Thanking them for their invitation but "that was quite out of the question for they were all three come and meant to get into lodgings and make some stay. Morgan?" and Morgan's looks on seeing her were a moment's astonishment. but another moment brought Mr. of middling height and slender. There was a great deal of surprise but still more pleasure in seeing her. delicate-looking rather than sickly." 33 The introduction of Diana as "Miss Diana Parker" indicates that she is the younger Parker sister. she resolved to hurry on and get into the house if possible before her. she proceeded to Trafalgar House with as much alacrity as could remain after having contended for the last two hours with a very fine wind blowing directly on shore. some respectable family determined on a long residence. Charlotte was on the steps and had rung but the door was not open when the other crossed the lawn. and when the servant appeared. 33 She began an account of herself without delay.Chapter 9 ONE DAY. they were just equally ready for entering the house. just as she ascended from the sands to the Terrace. 49 . her "How do you do. The ease of the lady. as very lately arrived and by the quantity of luggage being taken off bringing. Miss Diana Parker was about four and thirty. her manners resembling her brother's in their ease and frankness. with an agreeable face and a very animated eye." "All three come! What! Susan and Arthur! Susan able to come too! This is better and better. and Mrs. But she had not reached the little lawn when she saw a lady walking nimbly behind her at no great distance. a gentleman's carriage with post horses standing at the door of the hotel. Nothing could be kinder than her reception from both husband and wife. and Charlotte was soon introduced to Miss Diana Parker. Parker. soon after Charlotte's arrival at Sanditon she had the pleasure of seeing. Delighted to have such good news for Mr. How did she come? And with whom? And they were so glad to find her equal to the journey! And that she was to belong to them was taken as a matter of course. though with more decision and less mildness in her tone. But the stranger's pace did not allow this to be accomplished. and convinced that it could be no acquaintance of her own. it might be hoped. Parker into the hall to welcome the sister he had seen from the drawing room.
so that we got her out of the carriage extremely well with only Mr. The play of your sinews a very little affected.I long to see them. wanted something private. Griffiths meant to go to the sea for her young peoples' benefit. you see. But she has kept up wonderfully . Miss Capper is extremely intimate with a Mrs.no hysterics of consequence until we came within sight of poor old Sanditon . Darling. And as for poor Arthur. Cite unavoidable.and the attack was not very violent . now for the explanation of my being here. he would not have been unwilling himself. You must have heard me mention Miss Capper. all right and clean." Here Mr." she continued. we are actually all come. I told you in my letter of the two considerable families I was hoping to secure for you. the West Indians and the seminary. the particular friend of my very particular friend Fanny Noyce. And when I left her she was directing the disposal of the luggage and helping old Sam uncord the trunks. Nothing else to be done. Parker drew his chair still nearer to his sister and took her hand again most affectionately as he answered. as the best of the good. "Yes. I have had a thousand fears for her.nearly over by the time we reached your hotel ." "And how has Susan borne the journey? And how is Arthur? And why do we not see him here with you?" "Susan has borne it wonderfully. and not a link wanting. My dear Tom. I knew Miss Heywood the moment I saw her before me on the down. She desired her best love with a thousand regrets at being so poor a creature that she could not come with me. Miss Heywood must have seen our carriage standing at the hotel. Woodcock's assistance. send for the children . Now. and so I helped him on with his great coat and sent him off to the Terrace to take us lodgings. That's right. had fixed on the coast of Sussex but was undecided as to the where. I am so glad to see you walk so well. between us. Griffiths herself. barely perceptible. 50 . Mrs. Well. but there is so much wind that I did not think he could safely venture for I am sure there is lumbago hanging about him. and as this is not so common with her as with me. Let me feel your ankle. how active and how kind you have been!" "The West Indians. "whom I look upon as the most desirable of the two. Only a short chain. I know them only through others. yes. who is on terms of constant correspondence with Mrs. prove to be a Mrs. and wrote to ask the opinion of her friend Mrs."Yes. She had not a wink of sleep either the night before we set out or last night at Chichester. You shall hear all about it. But my dear Mary. Griffiths and her family.
probably a niece . Griffiths must be: as helpless and indolent as wealth and a hot climate are apt to make us. But two days ago . She wrote the same day to Fanny Noyce and mentioned it to her.and very delicate health. all alive for us. Our plan was arranged immediately. Darling more doubtingly on the subject of Sanditon.except as to names." "Oh. Arthur made no difficulties. and she was particularly careful and scrupulous on all those matters more on account of a certain Miss Lambe. saying that she had heard from Miss Capper. and Fanny.and here we are. who by a letter from Mrs. what house do you design to engage for them? What is the size of their family?" 51 . Darling understood that Mrs. What was to be done? I had a few moments' indecision.yes. Griffiths' letter arrived and was consulted on the question. I had the pleasure of hearing soon afterwards by the same simple link of connection that Sanditon had been recommended by Mrs. the day before yesterday . But I seem to be spinning out my story to an endless length. which have but lately transpired. I hate to employ others when I am equal to act myself. and now. Well?" "The reason of this hesitation was her having no connections in the place. but neither pleased me. we were off yesterday morning at six. I answered Fanny's letter by the same post and pressed for the recommendation of Sanditon. my love. instantly took up her pen and forwarded the circumstance to me . One sees clearly enough by all this the sort of woman Mrs. Whitby to secure them a house. "Diana. Darling when Mrs." "Excellent! Excellent!" cried Mr. I know nobody like you. whether to offer to write to you or to Mrs.under her care than on her own account or her daughters'. perfectly. and my conscience told me that this was an occasion which called for me. Darling. There was but one thing for me to do. I sounded Susan. and no means of ascertaining that she should have good accommodations on arriving there. Am I clear? I would be anything rather than not clear. Parker. Miss Capper happened to be staying with Mrs. You see how it was all managed. is not she a wonderful creature? Well. and that the West Indians were very much disposed to go thither. Fanny had feared your having no house large enough to receive such a family.I heard again from Fanny Noyce.Darling. This was the state of the case when I wrote to you. perfectly. Mary. you are unequalled in serving your friends and doing good to all the world. Griffiths had expressed herself in a letter to Mrs. Here was a family of helpless invalids whom I might essentially serve. But we are not born to equal energy. a young lady . The same thought had occurred to her. left Chichester at the same hour today . Miss Lambe has an immense fortune richer than all the rest .
Griffiths. While I have been travelling with this object in view. I have been perfectly well." "Invalids indeed. and where some degree of strength of mind is given." said he." The entrance of the children ended this little panegyric on her own disposition. Miss Heywood. You hardly know what to make of me. I see by your looks that you are not used to such quick measures. And as long as we can exert ourselves to be of use to others.or incline us to excuse ourselves. "And when shall we see you again? And how can we be of use to you?" And Mr." But this was immediately declined. The world is pretty much divided between the weak of mind and the strong. My sister's complaints and mine are happily not often of a nature to threaten existence immediately. I astonish you. Your ankle wants rest." replied his sister. upon no account in the world shall you stir a step on any business of mine. Our 52 ."I do not at all know. I trust there are not three people in England who have so sad a right to that appellation! But my dear Miss Heywood. it is not a feeble body which will excuse us . No. "and we will go about together. she prepared to go. "have not the least idea. and after having noticed and caressed them all. but I am very sure that the largest house at Sanditon cannot be too large. we are sent into this world to be as extensively useful as possible." The words "unaccountable officiousness!" "activity run mad!" had just passed through Charlotte's mind. but a civil answer was easy. between those who can act and those who cannot. and I know what invalids both you and your sister are. my dear Tom. never heard any particulars." said she. it was. "I dare say I do look surprised. I shall take only one. however. and it is the bounden duty of the capable to let no opportunity of being useful escape them. "I will come to you the moment I have dined. "Cannot you dine with us? Is not it possible to prevail on you to dine with us?" was then the cry. Parker warmly offered his assistance in taking the house for Mrs. I see by the position of your foot that you have used it too much already. I shall go about my house-taking directly. "because these are very great exertions. "No. and that but for a week certain. I am convinced that the body is the better for the refreshment the mind receives in doing its duty. And that being absolutely negative. They are more likely to want a second.
Literally " beautiful writing". Without my appearing however . and by that time I hope to have completed it. "for dinner is such a mere name with you all that it can do you no good. We are often obliged to check him. Parker as he walked with her to the door of the house. Have we a good chance of them?" "Oh. I have not much confidence in poor Arthur's skill for lodging-taking. but as soon as I get back I shall hear what Arthur has done about our own lodgings. But I had a letter three days ago from my friend Mrs. It is now only half past four. Quite certain. Camberwell will be here to a certainty. for we hope to get into some lodgings or other and be settled after breakfast tomorrow.not being so wealthy and independent as Mrs.dinner is not ordered until six. and probably the moment dinner is over shall be out again on business relative to them. Charles Dupuis which assured me of Camberwell. certain. and just at present I shall want nothing." "No. I got this man a hare from one of Sidney's friends. The others will be at the hotel all the evening and delighted to see you at any time. I had forgotten them for the moment." said Mr. who actually attends the seminary and gives lessons on eloquence and belles lettres 35 to some of the girls. Mrs. I will tell you how I got at her. "You will knock yourself up. " make yourself sick". but he seemed to like the commission. But as for Arthur.Mrs." said Mr. Susan never eats.e. Parker. which have done wonders." "But you have not told me anything of the other family coming to Sanditon. I have been taking some bitters of my own decocting. lately. I assure you. Charles Dupuis managed it all. and he recommended Sanditon. I cannot answer for it." cried his wife. 53 . he is only too much disposed for food." "I think you are doing too much. 34 You should not move again after dinner. I know what your appetites are. who has a relation lately settled at Clapham. I never eat for about a week after a journey. Charles Dupuis lives almost next door to a lady. That good woman .I do not know her name . As to seeing me again today." "My appetite is very much mended. I grant you. and very soon. can travel and choose for herself. "The Camberwell seminary. Griffiths." 34 35 I. belles lettres was the written counterpart to "eloquence" and one of the key accomplishments of well-bred young ladies. indeed you should not.
especially quack medicine. but the sofa and the table and the establishment in general was all at the other end of the room by a brisk fire. intending to make some stay and without appearing to have the slightest recollection of having written or felt any such thing. more relaxed in 54 . but Charlotte had only two or three views of Miss Diana posting over the down after a house for this lady whom she had never seen and who had never employed her. though more thin and worn by illness and medicine. They had charitable hearts and many amiable feelings. in her present state. be the death of her. and Mrs. but though it had been a very fair English summer day. part was laid out in a zeal for being useful. Charlotte approached with a peculiar degree of respectful compassion. their brother and sister and herself were entreated to drink tea with them. She was not made acquainted with the others until the following day when. and she found them arranged for the evening in a small neat drawing room with a beautiful view of the sea if they had chosen it. Some natural delicacy of constitution. with an unfortunate turn for medicine. and there was vanity in all they did. in fact. They were in one of the Terrace houses. The whole of their mental vivacity was evidently not so employed. the rest of their sufferings was from fancy. It was impossible for Charlotte not to suspect a good deal of fancy in such an extraordinary state of health. whom. was not very unlike her sister in person or manner. as well as in all they endured.Chapter 10 IT WAS NOT A WEEK since Miss Diana Parker had been told by her feelings that the sea air would probably. not only was there no open window. It would seem that they must either be very busy for the good of others or else extremely ill themselves. and while the eldest brother found vent for his superfluity of sensation as a projector. Disorders and recoveries so very much out of the common way seemed more like the amusement of eager minds in want of employment than of actual afflictions and relief. Parker spent a great part of the evening at the hotel. the love of distinction and the love of the wonderful. The Parkers were no doubt a family of imagination and quick feelings. the sisters were perhaps driven to dissipate theirs in the invention of odd complaints. Miss Parker. Mr. and now she was at Sanditon. remembering the three teeth drawn in one day. had given them an early tendency at various times to various disorders. being removed into lodgings and all the party continuing quite well. but a spirit of restless activity and the glory of doing more than anybody else had their share in every exertion of benevolence.
delicate-looking young man. housemaids. however. she had also opened so many treaties with cooks. Griffiths would have little more to do on her arrival than to wave her hand and collect them around her for choice. bringing two heavy boxes herself. Could it be the Camberwell seminary? No. broad-made and lusty. Griffiths. and Arthur had found the air so cold that he had merely walked from one house to the other as nimbly as he could. had not once sat down during the space of seven hours. on Mrs.principal mover and actor. and excepting that she sat with salts in her hand. Mr. by her own account. they could distinguish from their window that there was an arrival at the hotel. for much fatigue. the whole evening as incessantly as Diana. The Miss Parkers and Arthur had also seen something.by walking and talking down a thousand difficulties at last secured a proper house at eight guineas per week for Mrs. time not allowing for the circuitous train of intelligence which had been hitherto kept up. washerwomen and bathing women that Mrs. confessed herself a little tired. but not its amount. Griffiths' business or their own. but it was very generally agreed that 55 . whose exercise had been too domestic to admit of calculation but who. was astonished to find him quite as tall as his brother and a great deal stouter. Arthur Parker. and having fancied him a very puny. and she was now regaling in the delight of opening the first trenches of an acquaintance with such a powerful discharge of unexpected obligation. took drops two or three times from one out of several phials already at home on the mantelpiece and made a great many odd faces and contortions. She had been on her feet the whole morning. She had been too successful. Susan had only superintended their final removal from the hotel. no. in the boldness of her own good health. Griffiths herself. and Mrs. Her concluding effort in the cause had been a few polite lines of information to Mrs. Diana was evidently the chief of the family . opening the window and disposing of the drops and the salts by means of one or the other. a joyful sight and full of speculation. Diana. and boasted much of sitting by the fire until he had cooked up a very good one. and was still the most alert of the three. She talked. perhaps it might. Charlotte could perceive no symptoms of illness which she. Their visitors answered for two hack chaises. Had there been a third carriage. materially the smallest of a not very robust family. She had had considerable curiosity to see Mr.air and more subdued in voice. for not only had she . however. would not have undertaken to cure by putting out the fire. Parker and Charlotte had seen two post chaises crossing the down to the hotel as they were setting off. and with no other look of an invalid than a sodden complexion.
and while the other four were chiefly engaged together." "I am so fortunate. "but the sea air is always damp. I suppose?" "Not at all. after some removals to look at the sea and the hotel. unluckily. some powerful object of animation for him. I believe not. nerves are the worst part of my complaints in my opinion. who was sitting next to the fire with a degree of enjoyment which gave a good deal of merit to his civility in wishing her to take his chair. Mr. "as never to know whether the air is damp or dry. My sisters think me bilious." replied Arthur. who felt the decided want of some motive for action." "You are quite in the right to doubt it as long as you possibly can. observed with considerable pleasure. "We should not have had one at home. She drew back her chair to have all the advantage of his person as a screen and was very thankful for every inch of back and shoulders beyond her preconceived idea. I am sure.two hack chaises36 could never contain a seminary. Arthur was heavy in eye as well as figure but by no means indisposed to talk. a damp air does not like me." said he. as well as anybody can." "That's a great blessing. but I doubt it. Charlotte's place was by Arthur. and Mrs." "I am very nervous. But perhaps you are nervous?" "No. It gives me the rheumatism. You are not rheumatic. When they were all finally seated. requiring in common politeness some attention." A "hack" or hired chaise is a carriage of any type that is hired for the journey rather than owned by the family. It has always some property that is wholesome and invigorating to me. The carriage that Mr. To say the truth. Parker used in Chapter One was probably a hack chaise. Parker was confident of another new family. given that the carriage was "not his master’s own". I have no idea that I am. There was nothing dubious in her manner of declining it and he sat down again with much satisfaction. 36 56 ." said Charlotte. "I am very fond of standing at an open window when there is no wind. Such was the influence of youth and bloom that he began even to make a sort of apology for having a fire." "I like the air too. But. I am not afraid of anything so much as damp. as his brother. he evidently felt it no penance to have a fine young woman next to him.
"If I were bilious," he continued, "you know, wine would disagree with me, but it always does me good. The more wine I drink - in moderation - the better I am. I am always best of an evening. If you had seen me today before dinner, you would have thought me a very poor creature." Charlotte could believe it. She kept her countenance, however, and said, "As far as I can understand what nervous complaints are, I have a great idea of the efficacy of air and exercise for them - daily, regular exercise - and I should recommend rather more of it to you than I suspect you are in the habit of taking." "Oh, I am very fond of exercise myself," he replied, "and I mean to walk a great deal while I am here, if the weather is temperate. I shall be out every morning before breakfast and take several turns upon the Terrace, and you will often see me at Trafalgar House." "But you do not call a walk to Trafalgar House much exercise?" "Not as to mere distance, but the hill is so steep! Walking up that hill, in the middle of the day, would throw me into such a perspiration! You would see me all in a bath by the time I got there! I am very subject to perspiration, and there cannot be a surer sign of nervousness." They were now advancing so deep in physics that Charlotte viewed the entrance of the servant with the tea things as a very fortunate interruption. It produced a great and immediate change. The young man's attentions were instantly lost. He took his own cocoa from the tray, which seemed provided with almost as many teapots as there were persons in company - Miss Parker drinking one sort of herb tea and Miss Diana another - and turning completely to the fire, sat coddling and cooking it to his own satisfaction and toasting some slices of bread, brought up ready-prepared in the toast rack; and until it was all done, she heard nothing of his voice but the murmuring of a few broken sentences of self-approbation and success. When his toils were over, however, he moved back his chair into as gallant a line as ever, and proved that he had not been working only for himself by his earnest invitation to her to take both cocoa and toast. She was already helped to tea - which surprised him, so totally self-engrossed had he been. "I thought I should have been in time," said he, "but cocoa takes a great deal of boiling."
"I am much obliged to you," replied Charlotte. "But I prefer tea." "Then I will help myself," said he. "A large dish of rather weak cocoa every evening agrees with me better than anything." It struck her, however, as he poured out this rather weak cocoa, that it came forth in a very fine, dark-colored stream; and at the same moment, his sisters both crying out, "Oh, Arthur, you get your cocoa stronger and stronger every evening," with Arthur's somewhat conscious reply of "'Tis rather stronger than it should be tonight," convinced her that Arthur was by no means so fond of being starved as they could desire or as he felt proper himself. He was certainly very happy to turn the conversation on dry toast and hear no more of his sisters. "I hope you will eat some of this toast," said he. "I reckon myself a very good toaster. I never burn my toasts, I never put them too near the fire at first. And yet, you see, there is not a corner but what is well-browned. I hope you like dry toast." "With a reasonable quantity of butter spread over it, very much," said Charlotte, "but not otherwise." "No more do I," said he, exceedingly pleased. "We think quite alike there. So far from dry toast being wholesome, I think it a very bad thing for the stomach. Without a little butter to soften it, it hurts the coats of the stomach. I am sure it does. I will have the pleasure of spreading some for you directly, and afterwards I will spread some for myself. Very bad indeed for the coats of the stomach - but there is no convincing some people. It irritates and acts like a nutmeg grater." He could not get command of the butter, however, without a struggle; his sisters accusing him of eating a great deal too much and declaring he was not to be trusted, and he maintaining that he only ate enough to secure the coats of his stomach, and besides, he only wanted it now for Miss Heywood. Such a plea must prevail. He got the butter and spread away for her with an accuracy of judgment which at least delighted himself. But when her toast was done and he took his own in hand, Charlotte could hardly contain herself as she saw him watching his sisters while he scrupulously scraped off almost as much butter as he put on, and then seizing an odd moment for adding a great dab just before it went into his mouth. Certainly, Mr. Arthur Parker's enjoyments in invalidism were very different from his sisters' - by no means so spiritualized. A good deal of earthy dross
hung about him. Charlotte could not but suspect him of adopting that line of life principally for the indulgence of an indolent temper, and to be determined on having no disorders but such as called for warm rooms and good nourishment. In one particular, however, she soon found that he had caught something from them. "What!" said he. "Do you venture upon two dishes of strong green tea in one evening? What nerves you must have! How I envy you. Now, if I were to swallow only one such dish, what do you think its effect would be upon me?" "Keep you awake perhaps all night," replied Charlotte, meaning to overthrow his attempts at surprise by the grandeur of her own conceptions. "Oh, if that were all!" he exclaimed. "No. It acts on me like poison and would entirely take away the use of my right side before I had swallowed it five minutes. It sounds almost incredible, but it has happened to me so often that I cannot doubt it. The use of my right side is entirely taken away for several hours!" "It sounds rather odd to be sure," answered Charlotte coolly, "but I dare say it would be proved to be the simplest thing in the world by those who have studied right sides and green tea scientifically and thoroughly understand all the possibilities of their action on each other." Soon after tea, a letter was brought to Miss Diana Parker from the hotel. "From Mrs. Charles Dupuis," said she, "some private hand," and having read a few lines, exclaimed aloud, "Well, this is very extraordinary! Very extraordinary indeed! That both should have the same name. Two Mrs. Griffiths! This is a letter of recommendation and introduction to me of the lady from Camberwell - and her name happens to be Griffiths too." A few more lines, however, and the color rushed into her cheeks and with much perturbation, she added, "The oddest thing that ever was! A Miss Lambe too! A young West Indian of large fortune. But it cannot be the same. Impossible that it should be the same." She read the letter aloud for comfort. It was merely to introduce the bearer, Mrs. Griffiths from Camberwell, and the three young ladies under her care to Miss Diana Parker's notice. Mrs. Griffiths, being a stranger at Sanditon, was anxious for a respectable introduction; and Mrs. Charles Dupuis, therefore, at the instance of the intermediate friend, provided her with this letter, knowing that she could not do her
"Mrs. she must instantly repair to the hotel to investigate the truth and offer her services. An accidental resemblance of names and circumstances. 60 . Griffiths' chief solicitude would be for the accommodation and comfort of one of the young ladies under her care. involved nothing really incredible. however striking at first.dear Diana a greater kindness than by giving her the means of being useful. Miss Diana herself derived an immediate advantage to counterbalance her perplexity. Impossible to be otherwise. a young West Indian of large fortune in delicate health. Tired as she was." It was very strange! Very remarkable! Very extraordinary! But they were all agreed in determining it to be impossible that there should not be two families. such a totally distinct set of people as were concerned in the reports of each made that matter quite certain. "Impossible" and "Impossible" were repeated over and over again with great fervor. and so it was settled. a Miss Lambe. She must put her shawl over her shoulders and be running about again. There must be two families.
as she paid in proportion to her fortune. but the others all happened to be absent. was to have the best room in the lodgings. Griffiths was a very well-behaved. Not all that the whole Parker race could say among themselves could produce a happier catastrophe than that the family from Surrey and the family from Camberwell were one and the same. Griffiths whose plans were at the same period (under another representation) perfectly decided. Miss Diana probably felt a little awkward on being first obliged to admit her mistake. who supported herself by receiving such great girls and young ladies as wanted either masters for finishing their education or a home for beginning their displays. Her intimate friends must be officious like herself. half mulatto. She had several more under her care than the three who were now come to Sanditon. Charles Dupuis and Mrs. a brother disappointed. genteel kind of woman. had a maid of her own. when she had divided out their proper portions to Mrs. Miss Capper. an expensive house on her hands for a week must have been some of her immediate reflections. and much worse than all the rest must have been the sensation of being less clear-sighted and infallible than she had believed herself. 61 . she was seen all the following morning walking about after lodgings with Mrs. Darling. Fanny Noyce. was the very same Mrs. Mrs. All that had the appearance of incongruity in the reports of the two might very fairly be placed to the account of the vanity. the ignorance or the blunders of the many engaged in the cause by the vigilance and caution of Miss Diana Parker. The Mrs. Griffiths.Chapter 11 IT WOULD NOT DO. however. Griffiths who. Miss Lambe was beyond comparison the most important and precious. had wavered as to coming and been unequal to the journey. in her friend Mrs. Darling's hands. There were so many to share in the shame and the blame that probably. Griffiths as alert as ever. At any rate. A long journey from Hampshire taken for nothing. The rich West Indians and the young ladies' seminary had all entered Sanditon in those two hack chaises. and was always of the first consequence in every plan of Mrs. Of these three. and indeed of all. She was about seventeen. Charles Dupuis's neighbor. chilly and tender. seemed to trouble her for long. and who was without fears or difficulties. and the subject had supplied letters and extracts and messages enough to make everything appear what it was not. there might be a mere trifle of reproach remaining for herself. No part of it. Mrs.
In Miss Lambe." to use a proper phrase. were just such young ladies as may be met with in at least one family out of three throughout the kingdom. as to the animals. an upright decided carriage and an assured look. they meant to be very economical.The other girls. two Miss Beauforts. 62 . with the hope. of praise and celebrity from all who walked within the sound of her instrument. The particular introduction of Mrs. Griffiths to Miss Diana Parker secured them immediately an acquaintance with the Trafalgar House family and with the Denhams. They had tolerable complexions. were constrained to be satisfied with Sanditon also until their circumstances were retrieved. And the object of all was to captivate some man of much better fortune than their own. Lady Denham had other motives for calling on Mrs. Mrs. the consolation of meaning to be the most stylish girls in the place. retired place like Sanditon on Miss Lambe's account. with the hire of a harp for one and the purchase of some drawing paper for the other and all the finery they could already command. There. Miss Lambe was "under the constant care of an experienced physician. sickly and rich. whom she had been asking for. and she made the acquaintance for Sir Edward's sake and the sake of her milch asses. which a cousin of her own had a property in. and to both. Griffiths would not allow Miss Lambe to have the smallest symptom of a decline or any complaint which asses' milk could possibly relieve. their time being divided between such pursuits as might attract admiration. and the Miss Beauforts were soon satisfied with "the circle in which they moved in Sanditon." and his prescriptions must be their rule. for everybody must now "move in a circle" . of curiosity and rapture in all who came near her while she sketched. on Miss Beaufort's side. they were very accomplished and very ignorant. Mrs. Griffiths besides attention to the Parkers. Griffiths never deviated from the strict medicinal page. very elegant and very secluded. showy figures. she soon found that all her calculations of profit would be vain. they were some of the first in every change of fashion. Mrs. and the Miss Beauforts. having in the course of the spring been involved in the inevitable expense of six new dresses each for a three days' visit. here was the very young lady. And except in favor of some tonic pills.to the prevalence of which rotatory motion is perhaps to be attributed the giddiness and false steps of many. though naturally preferring anything to smallness and retirement. and those labors and expedients of dexterous ingenuity by which they could dress in a style much beyond what they ought to have afforded. and on Miss Letitia's. Griffiths had preferred a small. How it might answer with regard to the baronet remained to be proved but.
they had. always quitted the Terrace in his way to his brother's by this corner house for the sake of a glimpse of the Miss Beauforts . 63 . there could not have been a more favorable spot for the seclusion of the Miss Beauforts. who would have been nothing at Brighton.though it was half a quarter of a mile round about and added two steps to the ascent of the hill. attracted many an eye upwards and made many a gazer gaze again. A little novelty has a great effect in so small a place. or look at nothing through a telescope. by the frequency of their appearance at the low windows upstairs in order to close the blinds. And accordingly. And even Mr. and on one side whatever might be going on at the hotel. or open the blinds. though little disposed for supernumerary exertion.The corner house of the Terrace was the one in which Miss Diana Parker had the pleasure of settling her new friends. long before they had suited themselves with an instrument or with drawing paper. could not move here without notice. Arthur Parker. to arrange a flower pot on the balcony. and considering that it commanded in front the favorite lounge of all the visitors at Sanditon. The Miss Beauforts.
their earnest application to me. the sooner the better. though we really have raised the sum we wanted for 64 . provided it meet with her approbation.it is a sort of tax upon all that come. But now it was to be more resolutely undertaken. "but you would do it so much better yourself. and. every attempt at calling on Lady Denham having been defeated by meeting with her beforehand." he cried." "The easiest thing in the world. And I look upon her to be the sort of person who. who did not mean to go with them.the establishment of a charitable repository at Burton-on-Trent. that nothing might be neglected of attention to Lady Denham or amusement to Charlotte. I shall not know what to say. if she is properly attacked. and my being willing to promote a little subscription for their relief. Nothing can be more simple." "My dear Mary. And therefore. who happened to be calling on them at the moment. my love. You will not dislike speaking to her about it. at a more early hour. and Lady Denham's name at the head of the list will be a very necessary beginning. I will thank you to mention a very melancholy case to Lady Denham which has been represented to me in the most affecting terms. "All said and done in less time than you have been talking of it now. And then there is the family of the poor man who was hung last assizes at York. therefore.Chapter 12 CHARLOTTE had been ten days at Sanditon without seeing Sanditon House. I am not fond of charitable subscriptions in a place of this kind ." replied his wife. you might as well speak in favor of another charity which I and a few more have very much at heart . would as readily give ten guineas as five. whom some friends of mine are exceedingly interested about. "I think you had better mention the poor Mullins's situation and sound her Ladyship as to a subscription for them." cried Miss Diana Parker. when once she is prevailed on to undraw her purse. and I have undertaken to collect whatever I can for her. You have only to state the present afflicted situation of the family. Mary. Mary?" "I will do whatever you wish me. "And if you should find a favorable opening. if you find her in a giving mood. If you would mention the circumstance to Lady Denham! Lady Denham can give. "It is impossible you can be really at a loss. I believe we must set a subscription on foot." said Mr. Parker. Yet as their distress is very great and I almost promised the poor woman yesterday to get something done for her. There is a poor woman in Worcestershire. And while you are on the subject of subscriptions.
But you see. But if this is the case I hope Arthur will come to us. misty morning and. for Susan is to have leeches at one o'clock ." said her husband. one following the other. "I will not trouble you to speak about the Mullins’s. it is indeed. It appeared at different moments to be everything from a gig to a phaeton37. as he felt all their impropriety and all the certainty of their ill effect upon his own better claim. I dare say we shall both go to our rooms for the rest of the day." His application thus withdrawn." "Upon second thoughts. It was a close. open four-wheeled carriage pulled by two horses. phaetons were typically associated with flashy young men. Parker was delighted at this release and set off very happy with her friend and her little girl on this walk to Sanditon House. when they reached the brow of the hill. 37 38 A light. and just as they were concluding in favor of a tandem38." "My dear Diana!" exclaimed Mrs. I must hurry home. Besides that. yet if you can get a guinea from her on their behalf. Griffiths' to encourage Miss Lambe in taking her first dip. Mama. "I could no more mention these things to Lady Denham than I could fly. And as soon as that is over. poor thing. I ought to be in bed myself at this present time for I am hardly able to stand. But in five minutes I must be at Mrs. 65 .which will be a three hours' business. he will go to bed too. I know how little it suits you to be pressing matters upon a mind at all unwilling." And so it proved." "If Arthur takes my advice. She is so frightened." "I am sorry to hear it. how impossible it is for me to go with you to Lady Denham's. which was his object. Mary. Parker. between ourselves. it may as well be done. little Mary's young eyes distinguished the coachman and she eagerly called out.putting them all out. "It is Uncle Sidney. A two-wheeled carriage pulled by two horses. and when the leeches have done. Mrs. his sister could say no more in support of hers. indeed. from one horse to four. that I promised to come and keep up her spirits and go in the machine with her if she wished it. Mary. they could not for some time make out what sort of carriage it was which they saw coming up." "Where's the difficulty? I wish I could go with you myself. I will take an opportunity of seeing Lady Denham myself. for if he stays up by himself he will certainly eat and drink more than he ought. Therefore I really have not a moment to spare.
"Almost" must be stipulated. These entrance gates were so much in a corner of the grounds or paddock. driving his servant in a very neat carriage. as it might happen. and it was a very friendly meeting between Sidney and his sister-in-law. she saw indeed . had all the beauty and respectability which an abundance of very fine timber could give. Parker entered into all her husband's joy on the occasion and exulted in the credit which Sidney's arrival would give to the place. and through one of these. planted approach between fields. and Sir Edward Denham by her side. apparently very composedly. though not extensive. Privacy was certainly their object. Charlotte. This he declined.Miss Brereton seated. leading at the end of a quarter of a mile through second gates into grounds which. who was most kindly taking it for granted that he was on his way to Trafalgar House. It could not but strike 66 . so near to one of its boundaries. The fence was a proper park paling in excellent condition. for there were vacant spaces. as soon as they entered the enclosure. handsome. And they parted to meet again within a few hours. The rest was common inquiries and remarks. and they all stopped for a few minutes. The manners of the Parkers were always pleasant among themselves.Miss Brereton seated not far before her at the foot of the bank which sloped down from the outside of the paling and which a narrow path seemed to skirt along . that an outside fence was at first almost pressing on the road. He was "just come from Eastbourne proposing to spend two or three days. in spite of the mist . was soon opposite to them. with a decided air of ease and fashion and a lively countenance. Sidney Parker was about seven or eight and twenty.Mr. and stepping to the pales. caught a glimpse over the pales of something white and womanish in the field on the other side.and very decidedly. with clusters of fine elms or rows of old thorns following its line almost everywhere. The road to Sanditon House was a broad. This adventure afforded agreeable discussion for some time. very good-looking. until an angle here and a curve there threw them to a better distance. and a very well-bred bow and proper address to Miss Heywood on her being named to him. He was expecting to be joined there by a friend or two. but the hotel must be his quarters. however. with kind notice of little Mary. It was something which immediately brought Miss Brereton into her head. Sidney Parker. They were sitting so near each other and appeared so closely engaged in gentle conversation that Charlotte instantly felt she had nothing to do but to step back again and say not a word. at Sanditon". Mrs.
They were really ill-used. represented Mr. and that one among many miniatures in another part of the room. And as Lady Denham was not there. She was glad to perceive that nothing had been discerned by Mrs. though it was furniture rather originally good and extremely well-kept than new or showy. a steep bank and pales never crossed by the foot of man at their back. and a great thickness of air to aid them as well! Yet here she had seen them. Poor Mr. Parker that the whole-length portrait of a stately gentleman which. Miss Brereton's white ribbons might not have fallen within the ken of her more observant eyes. little conspicuous. Charlotte could not but think of the extreme difficulty which secret lovers must have in finding a proper spot for their stolen interviews. The house was large and handsome. If Charlotte had not been considerably the taller of the two. wellproportioned and well-furnished. caught the eye immediately. They were shown into the usual sitting room. was the picture of Sir Henry Denham. Hollis! It was impossible not to feel him hardly used: to be obliged to stand back in his own house and see the best place by the fire constantly occupied by Sir Harry Denham. Two servants appeared to admit them and everything had a suitable air of property and order: Lady Denham valued herself upon her liberal establishment and had great enjoyment in the order and importance of her style of living. Hollis. Charlotte had leisure to look about her and to be told by Mrs. THE END 67 . placed over the mantelpiece. Parker. Here perhaps they had thought themselves so perfectly secure from observation . but hers was a situation which must not be judged with severity.the whole field open before them. Among other points of moralizing reflection which the sight of this tête-á-tête produced.her rather unfavorably with regard to Clara.
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